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Lottie's new friend / by Petra Mathers.

Mathers, Petra. (Author).
Book Book (c1999.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 18 x 27 cm.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1999.
8 of 8 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 8 total copies.
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Merrimack College ERC-Picture Books (2nd) [ERC] PZ7.M42475 Lo 1999 (picture book) (Text to Phone) Available -
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  • ISBN: 0689820143 (alk. paper):
  • Edition: 1st ed.
General Note: "An Anne Schwartz book."
Summary: When a new bird moves in nearby, Herbie the duck worries that his friend Lottie the chicken doesn't care about him anymore.
Citation: Mathers, Petra. "Lottie's new friend." New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1999.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 July 1999
    Ages 4^-8. Even a friendship as strong as that of Lottie and Herbie (Lottie's New Beach Towel [1998]) can teeter precariously when a new friend enters the picture. Herbie, a genial duck, feels threatened by Lottie's glamorous new friend Dodo, with her fuschia feathers, elegant wingtips, exotic accent ("Ach, ze poor duck"), and background in film. However, when Lottie must leave town temporarily, Herbie and Dodo create their own friendship, and the pair of friends becomes a trio when Lottie returns. Although jealousy is not an uncommon theme in picture books, few books have captured so well the related feelings of smallness and the ensuing embarrassment when envy leads one to behave foolishly. Mathers' delightfully expressive watercolors show Herbie's feelings beautifully, as in a touching, humorous series of pictures in which Herbie droops across his chair with empty cookie boxes piled into a tower beside it. Warm, real, funny, and far above the bibliotherapeutic books on friendship. ((Reviewed July 1999)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 1999 March #2
    This tender, funny sequel to Lottie's New Beach Towel has all the charm and quirkiness of the original tale about this winsome chicken and, because it has a more linear plot, it may prove even more accessible and appealing to children. This time Lottie's best friend, Herbie the duck, takes center stage. Arriving at Lottie's for his customary morning visit, Herbie is discomfited by the unexpected presence of Dodo, a new neighbor. Believing that Lottie prefers Dodo, Herbie entertains mildly vengeful fantasies (wishing Dodo would get seasick when they all take a boat ride; imagining that no one would care if he were dead) and starts acting out (blowing bubbles in his lemonade; donning a flimsy disguise in hopes that Dodo won't recognize him). However, while Lottie is out of town, it is up to Herbie to help Dodo out of a tight spot, and the emotional logjam is broken. Aided by a few well-chosen words from Dodo, Herbie realizes that his place in Lottie's heart is secure and that there is room enough for Dodo, too. Mathers offers a wise look at the often contrary and confusing dynamics of close friendships. Humor abounds in both the droll text and the tidily boxed art particularly irresistible are images of the self-pitying Herbie in his ridiculously transparent false-nose-and-mustache getup and, in a fit of pique over Dodo's stylish new glasses, dramatically marching with eyes closed and arms outstretched, as if blind. Mathers's insights into friendship are lightly though surely delivered. Ages 3-8. (Apr.) Copyright 1999 Publishers Weekly Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2001 December #5
    In a starred review of this sequel to Lottie's New Beach Towel, centering on Herbie the duck, PW said, "Humor abounds in both the droll text and the tidily boxed art. Mathers's insights into friendship are lightly though surely delivered." Ages 3-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 1999 March
    PreS-K-Lottie the chicken and Herbie the duck, introduced in Lottie's New Beach Towel (Atheneum, 1998), have their friendship put to the test when Dodo, a bird who hails from Germany, comes to town and Herbie begins to feel left out by the camaraderie that Lottie and Dodo seem to enjoy. The glamorous, worldly, and resourceful bird provokes some petulant and uncharitable emotions in an insecure Herbie until he has the opportunity to come to her aid. Dodo sings his praises and repeats some kind words that Lottie has also spoken about her friend. This tender scene paves the way for a successful relationship among the three birds of a feather. This predictable, comforting story has a message of hope for children learning to deal with the sometimes thorny issues of friendship. While the plot lacks some of the whimsy and humor found in the previous story, this reassuring tale offers its own simple pleasures. Boxed, uncomplicated watercolor illustrations are loaded with child appeal. The basic shapes, lively coloration, and winsome details of the visual narrative successfully expand on the text. This title should convince the picture-book crowd that three can be company.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 1999 School Library Journal Reviews

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