Bink & Gollie, Two for One
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• Bink & Gollie is a fabulous collaboration between two award-winning authors and a highly acclaimed illustrator.
• In the spirit of not dumbing down our speech for young children, this is a celebration of language.
• The chapters are mini-short stories, not a continuous storyline, so you can read in any order or one at a time.
• I especially like this format of mini-short stories as an early practice chapter book, either for your new
reader or a read-aloud for your preschooler, as they can sit longer.
Bink & Gollie are back! These two best friends are true opposites. Di Camillo and McGhee have really outdone themselves here. The conversation is utterly sparkling between the two title characters and the illustrations are priceless.
In this second volume of Bink and Gollie's adventures, the girls attend the state fair: let the adventure begin! In the first story, Bink hilariously tries to win the world's largest donut, while playing Whack a Duck. The man working Whack a Duck doesn't know what hit him (literally)! The second story is more about Gollie's adventure. Gollie tries to perform in a talent show, but is too nervous, so Bink helps her overcome her stage fright. In the final story, the girls visit Madame Prunely, the fortune teller.
Beyond the sheer hilarity of these stories is a model of a really nice and supportive friendship. Bink and Gollie are really different, they even look different, but they couldn't be better friends to each other. This model friendship, embedded in such an entertaining story, is perfect for young readers as they navigate friendships and social situations of their own. I especially appreciate the subtlety of the message. We don't have to hit our kids over the head with "lessons" every time they read, but when it happens naturally, it's just exquisite.
While this is in short-story format, this book has more of a story arc than the first volume, Bink & Gollie, which makes this volume even more versatile for the beginning reader. A new reader can read just one story and put it down; a more experienced reader can read it as an early chapter book. Either way, children (and adults!) shouldn't miss this fabulous and entertaining book!
Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee
2012, 96 pages
Excellent Read-Aloud, Friendship, Humor
• Who are you most like, Bink or Gollie?
• Do you have a friend like Bink or Gollie? Explain how they are similar.
• How do you help/support your friends?
• What if a friend is afraid of something, how could you help?
• Has a friend ever helped you face a fear? How have they helped?
• What is your favorite game at carnivals or fairs?
• Have you ever been to a fortune teller? Do you believe they can tell the future? Why or why not?
• If you could predict something for your future, what would it be?
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