Billy and Rose: Just the Way They Are

Billy and Rose: Just the Way They Are
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October 17, 2023
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Billy and Rose are back—and prone to serious discussion—in four charming stories about the ups and downs of negotiating friendship.

The diligent sheep and the mellow pig who debuted in Billy and Rose: Forever Friends are back—and they have strong opinions! Even best friends can disagree, whether the topic is books (tall blue books versus fat red ones), rain (will it or won’t it?), the perils of a bad hair day (should Rose concur that Billy is having one?), or the incendiary question of which flavor of cupcake is best. Sharing—books and a purple umbrella, compliments and cupcakes (two flavors)—is the very antidote to seriousness in this second set of four witty stories to feature the endearing pair. Kady MacDonald Denton’s warm and spirited illustrations complement Amy Hest’s gentle study of friends as they debate the important issues of the day—and reap the rewards of compromise.

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Great for Newly Independent Readers
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Billy & Rose is a great next read for fans of Frog and Toad or Bear and Bird. The book is divided into four short stories with sentence structure mindful of beginning chapter book readers. Some of the words like serious and discussion may need grown-up help to read and understand but most of the words can be read by young Elementary age readers. Billy and Rose are two friends who often have different opinions but they work through them in a respectful way that makes them the best of friends. The watercolor-style illustrations convey the gentle and kind nature of these two friends. Overall, this is a great choice for a newly independent reader looking for longer book options with themes of friendship and kindness.
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