Best Friends by Charlotte Labaronne

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When a lonely alligator tries to make a new friend, he goes about it all wrong. With gentle humor and silly antics, this is one friendship book that kids will reach for time and again.

Alexander the alligator doesn't have any friends, and he's lonely. But when he hears that a new kid is coming to school, he is certain that she'll be his new friend. Alexander tries all kinds of tricks to overcome his shyness and befriend Louise the lion, but he keeps going about it all wrong.

About Charlotte Labaronne

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Labaronne was born in France. She studied illustation at the Estienne School in Paris.
Published July 1, 2003 by Orchard. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Shy children should be heartened by the happy outcome of this empathetic debut. Labaronne establishes Alexander the alligator's isolation in the first scene using what appears to be watercolor

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Alexander's emotional range covers the gamut, from his lonely realization that unlike a friend, the drum "didn't talk back," to his moment of triumph, characteristically unspoken: "Alexander smiled and thought, 'And I have a new best friend named Louise.' " A skillful use of white space emphasiz...

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