Lottie's New Friend by Petra Mathers
(Lottie's World)

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Who does Lottie like best?

Herbie wonders when an exotic new neighbor befriends his best friend. That question -- familiar to children everywhere -- is answered with extraordinary warmth, humor, and insight in Petra Mathers's new picture book treat about Lottie and Herbie.

 

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Petra Mathers came to the U.S. when she was 23. She started painting the walls in her son's room and eventually had a gallery showing of her art. Friends encouraged her to try illustrating children's books. Her early books were filled with black-and-white illustrations, but Petra really wanted to do color. She has moved on and among the books that have garnered praise are Kisses from Rosa, Sophie and Lou, Patchwork Island and When It Snowed that Night. Petra now writes her own stories and accompanies them with full-color art. Her heart is in the Lottie stories and she said that she would like to be as prolific as Beatrix Potter and do scads of books. Her latest is Dodo Gets Married in which Lottie's friend Dodo meets a retired Coast Guard helicopter pilot with a wooden leg. It is a match made in heaven and the wedding preparations and big celebration bring all of her characters together at one big happy event. Petra is a self-taught artist. Her earliest works were created with crayons and cheap watercolors. Petra loves her work and believes that her inspiration comes from the muses-all she really does is record what is coming to her.
 
Published April 1, 1999 by Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Although it appears to Herbie the duck that he’s been displaced in the affections of his sidekick Lottie (Lottie’s New Beach Towel, 1998) by Dodo, a new neighbor with an exotic accent, he needn’t fret.

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As Lottie, a chicken, prepares for a picnic with her duck pal Herbie, a package arrives: a red-and-white polka-dotted beach towel sent by Aunt Mattie, who thought it ""might come in handy."" Aunt Mattie was right: by day's end the towel has, among other things, helped Lottie carry her ice cooler ...

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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.

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Believing that Lottie prefers Dodo, Herbie entertains mildly vengeful fantasies (wishing Dodo would get seasick when they all take a boat ride;

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