Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship
June 14, 2016
In this stunning companion to the acclaimed Louise Loves Art, Louise has a new neighbor, the creative and offbeat Andie—but can they overcome their differences and be friends?
Louise loves art more than anything. Imagine her delight when a new neighbor, Andie, moves in . . . and she loves art too! It’s the best day ever.
But liking the same thing doesn’t always mean you agree on it. Can they overcome their creative differences?
Sometimes friendship, like art, can require collaboration.
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This is a great story about making new friends, but also about the type of fight that is so typical to young readers who frequently don't know how to back down and apologize. The exuberant pictures aptly show the girls' excitement at meeting each other and finding a shared interest, the bitterness of their fight, and the disappointment they both feel at being unable to resolve the issue. Andie's solution is a clever one, and it's good to see the characters embark on a new art project involving their engaging pets.
The artwork has a retro feel, with bold colors and a 1960s feel to the furnishings and fashions shown in the picture. Andie rocks some white GoGo boots-- perhaps this will start a trend and I'll finally be able to own a pair!
While this is a good title for general pleasure reading, it would also be good to use in the classroom for a lesson on conflict resolution, or for elementary art classes.
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