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I'm sorry
McBratney, Sam.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
[New York?] : HarperCollinsPublishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When one best friend shouts at the other, both are sad and hope the other will apologize.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 41011.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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I have a friend I love the best.

Having a best friend makes life so much better. But even best friends fight, and when that happens, "I'm sorry" is the hardest thing to say.

From internationally acclaimed author Sam McBratney and award-winning illustrator Jennifer Eachus comes a sensitive picture book that will strike a chord with every child who has quarreled with a friend.

Author Notes

Sam McBratney has been writing children's books for thirty years and his bestselling book is Guess How Much I Love You. He currently resides in Ireland.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. The author of Guess How Much I Love You (1995) offers a simple, straightforward contemporary story about a falling-out between two best friends that hints at a resolution but cleverly leaves it up to young listeners to decide if they agree. Eachus' gauzy, dappled watercolors and 1940s-style English countryside settings convey an old-fashioned, cozy feeling to the story about a subject that might otherwise have been upsetting to youngsters. The young boy narrator tells of his friendship with a little girl--exploring the farm, teaching dolls to read, being doctors and fixing broken bones. Then there's a sudden argument ("I SHOUTED at my friend today, and she SHOUTED back at me"), and the children avoid each other. The friendship seems irreparable until the little boy imagines what his friend would do if she were as sad as he. Gentle and understated in both text and art, this has a great deal to teach about empathy and forgiveness. The rich paper quality allows for repeated reading. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You) explores the ups and downs of friendship in this ambiguously resolved picture book. He begins with forthright prose ("I have a friend I love the best. She plays at my house every day, or else I play at hers"), describing a camaraderie most children can relate to, but the book stumbles when things go wrong for the two pals. Unlike the more focused approach in his other books, McBratney doesn't explain the rift nor does he end with the resolution implied by the title. Instead, the book concludes on a hypothetical note that may confuse children: "If my friend were as sad as I am sad, this is what she would do: She would come and say, `I'm sorry,' and I would say sorry, too." The artwork, however, does depict the promise of reconciliation in the air. In a series of nostalgic and softly shaded realistic portraits, Eachus (The Big Sea) gives a wider scope to the simple text, elaborating on such unadorned remarks as "She plays at my house every day" with scenes of a boy and a girl examining a fish tank full of polliwogs and climbing over a gate in the yard. Even when rendering quintessential "childhood" moments (e.g., the rubber-booted pair ambling down a muddy lane), she manages to avoid the precious or overblown. Ages 3-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Even the closest friendship must weather the occasional storm. Such is the case with a preschool boy and girl who share in all kinds of creative play. Theirs is a relationship made in heaven until harsh words are spoken and they shout at one another. The boy describes his anger, feigned indifference, sadness, and loneliness all resulting from the spat. He muses that if his friend were as sad as he is "She would come and say, `I'm sorry,' and I would say sorry, too." While the youngster's desire for reconciliation is admirable, these sentiments give a mixed message about apologizing. Additionally, the cause of the disagreement is not explained in either the pictures or the text. Since many young children are very concerned with issues of fairness, this omission may be troubling, even though the point is clearly not to assign blame to either child. Lovely illustrations represent the preschoolers and their familiar surroundings with a softened realism. Renderings of the children's faces are especially effective in conveying the emotions McBratney describes. Despite some modest quibbles with the story line, this gentle vignette nicely portrays a friendship between the genders.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.