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Four Friends in Summer [Hardcover]

By Tomie dePaola (Author) & Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
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Item description for Four Friends in Summer by Tomie dePaola...

Mister Frog, Mistress Pig, Miss Cat, and Master Dog all find their plans of spending a delightful summer day frolicking in the park, rowing on the lake, and working in their gardens thwarted by an unexpected event!

Publishers Description
What could be more fun than sunny days with your friends?
The weather is getting warm and Mister Frog, Mistress Pig, Missy Cat, and Master Dog are looking forward to pleasant days spent in the park, rowing, and tending to their gardens.
But their plans don't always turn out the way they think
Join Tomie dePaola's beloved and classic characters as they learn that it doesn't matter how those carefree days are spent -- as long as you're with your friends

Citations And Professional Reviews
Four Friends in Summer by Tomie dePaola has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/23/2003
  • PW Notes and Reprints - 06/23/2003 page 70
  • School Library Journal - 07/01/2003 page 89
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 299
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2003 page 299

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.12" Width: 7.9" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 17, 2003
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
Age  3-6
ISBN  0689856938  
ISBN13  9780689856938  

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More About Tomie dePaola

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tomie dePaola( is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books. The American Library Association said: His works reflect an innate understanding of childhood, a distinctive visual style, and a remarkable ability to adapt his voice to perfectly suit the story. Tomie has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Caldecott Honor forStrega Nona, and a Newbery Honor for his autobiographical chapter book, 26 Fairmount Avenue.He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a living treasure by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire."

Tomie dePaola has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 26 Fairmount Avenue Books
  2. Andy & Sandy Book
  3. Barker Twins
  4. Classic Board Books
  5. Goodnight
  6. Paperstar Book
  7. Picture Puffin Books

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > Picture Books
3Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > General > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Non-religious
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Friendship > Fiction
6Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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And the living is easy  May 4, 2004
It's the most George Marshallish Tomie de Paola story I've ever read. On perusing it, the reader would almost think Mr. de Paola stole Mr. Marshall's sketch book to concoct it. Filling his tale with an assortment of well dressed animals, author/illustrator Tomie de Paola makes a quick departure from his usual picture book fare. Originally published in the book, "Four Stories for Four Seasons", this is a light hearted look at summer and the pleasures that come with having good friends for company.

Our tale concerns four Victorian-aged ladies and gentlemen; Mister Frog, Mistress Pig, Missy Cat, and Master Dog. Their adventures are rather low key, as is best befitting well-to-do animals. The four take strolls, go boating, and plant gardens for their own enjoyment. The arc of this tale is a droll one. No great catastrophic occurrences take place, unless you count Mister Frog upsetting the boat whilst singing a line from "H.M.S. Pinafore". All in all, it's a hazy lazy story that simply looks at the characters and views them enjoying one another's presence. There are no morals to learn nor surprise endings (though some might contest me on that). The illustrations are entirely in keeping with the late Victorian feel. The ladies carry parasols and wear elaborately concocted hats. The gentlemen sport jaunty beanies and straw hats, as well as bow ties and neckerchiefs. The color scheme is a light-infused pastel outing and the entire enterprise is simply laid back and peaceful. Though not my favorite de Paola by far, this book is sure to attract some admirers, if only for its take on what some might have called a "simpler time".


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