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Volume VII Number 16 . . . . April 13, 2001
Bing looked out the windowThis, the author/illustrator's second book in the "Bing and Chutney Adventure Series" and a sequel to Bing and Chutney, is a short simple story about friendship and imagination. The large text makes it easy to read. Bing, who is very happy in her shiny little house with a small green garden, thinks she has everything, until she realizes that she doesn't have a best friend to share it with. Bing uses her imagination to paint pictures of what friends might look like. Finally, Bing paints a picture of what a best friend might look like and tapes it on the wall. That evening, Bing's new best friend, Chutney, arrives just in time to share a huge mountain of spaghetti. Chutney looks exactly like Bing's picture, and they know immediately that they'll be best friends. Bing and Chutney spend the evening talking and telling stories. It's the best day ever. Von Konigslow does a fine job with these lovable characters in her watercolour illustrations. This little book will make a great addition to my "Friends" storytime for preschoolers.
Catherine Hoyt is the Curator of the Eileen Wallace Children's Literature Collection at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB.
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