Cover image for Two girls can!
Two girls can!
Narahashi, Keiko.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Two girls celebrate all the things that friends can do together.
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 31471 Guided reading level: E.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In simple text and flowing watercolor paintings, Narahashi celebrates the essence of little girls and their friendships.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 2-5. This cheerful picture book considers things that two girls can do together: from climbing a wall to climbing a tree; from getting "really, really mad" at a companion to making up; from sharing a treat to sharing a joke to sharing a friend. The simple text has two things going for it. First, the activities chosen have an appealing, childlike quality. Second, they lend themselves beautifully to illustration, which is a strong point for Narahashi, best known as the illustrator of Serfozo's Who Said Red (1988) and her own I Have a Friend (1987). Set off with plenty of white space that contributes to the overall spirit of light and buoyancy, the airy watercolor paintings depict a racially mixed group of girls pairing off to have some fun in a variety of ways. Given toddlers' fascination for watching preschoolers at play, the book will please a wide age range of young children. The satisfying final spread shows all the children coming together for a freestyle dance. A blithe celebration of girlhood friendship. (Reviewed March 15, 2000)0689826184Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Narahashi's (I Have a Friend) tribute to girlfriend power is both hip and energetic. Beginning with the electric pink cover featuring two girls in sunglasses with plenty of attitude, the book overflows with liveliness and a multicultural, capable cast of girls. They can "hold hands,/ give bear hugs,/ be best friends." Various pairs of girls climb trees, share treats and jokes, and even "get really, really mad,/ then make up and [are] brave together." In the grand finale, all the girls join together in an exuberant conga line dance. The text occasionally substitutes activities too arbitrary to demonstrate real friendship ("Two girls can stay dry, or get wet, and dry again"). But the illustrations buoy any shortcomings in the text with enthusiasm. Narahashi's vibrant watercolors of exuberant girls echo the joyful pleasures children find in one another. Readers will feel empowered by the confidence emanating from the girls in these pages as they celebrate the everyday things they can do together. Ages 3-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved