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Feb 29 2012

Chill by Carol Thompson

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Little Hare, 2010. ISBN 9781921541735.
Dolly the pig likes to play on her own - but some games are no fun playing alone. Along comes Jack Rabbit and they have the best times together, until one day they decide to paint pictures. Neither likes the result and the friendship seems doomed. Can it be saved?
The solution lies in a strategy that would be most useful for every young child learning to negotiate relationships so the cliche molehills don't become mountains. It's a great story for exploring a range of emotions to expand the children's concepts and vocabulary and for them to empathise with each character - 'How would you feel if . . . ?' 'What would you do if . . .' - which are essential skills for developing reading and readers. It got a thumbs-up from Miss 5.
Barbara Braxton

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