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Ally has just stepped off a plane to spend a holiday with her pen friend, Nancy. From the moment they meet, they want to do absolutely everything together. In fact they feel almost like sisters and Ally's boundless enthusiasm turns whatever they try into a triumph. By the end of the week the two girls have danced together, shopped together, roller-skated together and lost count of the tubs of ice cream they've shared. They're closer than ever so it's really hard to say goodbye. But Nancy and Ally refuse to let their spirits be dampened, after all, "sisters are together, even when they're apart!" Angela McAllister's laugh-out-loud story and Sophie Fatus's sunny pictures create a real celebration of friendship for little girls (and reptiles) everywhere!
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Angela McAllister has written more than thirty books for children and has illustrated several books as well. She has two children, who are fantastic bookworms and brilliant inspiration, and she lives in a sixteenth-century cottage on the edge of Dorset Downs in England.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 3–Nancy can't wait for Ally, her pen pal from Florida, to arrive for a visit, happily declaring, We know each other so well, we're almost like sisters. Readers might expect a pleasant tale about two girls enjoying their friendship, but the author and illustrator present a twist that transforms this offering into a delightfully unusual story. When Ally gets off the plane, Fatus's colorful paintings reveal that she is an alligator. The tongue-in-cheek fun begins right away, as Nancy tells Ally–without batting an eyelash–that she is exactly what she expected. The two pals sing, dance, laugh, attend ballet class, and make friendship bracelets together. After they purchase matching outfits complete with pink boas, Ally exclaims, I bet people will think we're twins. The humor is often subtle, as when Ally eats nine Spicy Shrimp pizzas or when, during a visit to the beach, she zooms through the water like a torpedo to rescue a drowning boy and, after one look at her, he suddenly remember[s] how to swim. The endearing paintings, featuring textured backdrops and cartoon characters, are funny and filled with affection. A strong intertwining of text and illustration, this is a charming celebration of friendship.–Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110689873115
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's, 2005. Condition: New. Sophie Fatus (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0689873115