Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 2 to 4
- Grade: p
The second book in the Bing and Chutney Adventures series tells how a special friendship began.
Bing is a young pig. One day she moves into a little house. In the small garden she plants flowers and bushes. Bing loves her new house with its cozy fireplace, bookshelves, and workshop. By the road Bing erects a shiny red mailbox so that she can receive letters. But when she checks the mailbox, it is empty.
Although Bing is very happy, her home is missing just one thing: friends.
Bing decides to paint pictures of all the friends she can imagine.
At 1 o'clock she paints a giraffe
At 2 o'clock she paints a cow
At 3 o'clock she paints a rooster
At 4 o'clock she paints two kangaroos
At 5 o'clock she paints a zebra
And at 6 o'clock she paints a special picture of what her best friend should look like!
Soon after, into Bing's home walks an elephant who introduces herself as Chutney -- and she looks just like the last picture Bing painted. They both know immediately that they will be best friends. Together they eat and tell stories far past bedtime, until they fall asleep together in front of the cozy fireplace. For Bing and Chutney it was the best day ever.
With a great imagination and a little creativity, Bing, an extraordinary pig, is able to make her dreams come true.
About the author
by Andrea Wayne von Konigslow and illustrated by Andrea Wayne von Konigslow
The watercolor characters in cartoon style are appealing in their simplicity. White space and minimal backgrounds are used to advantage, and the text is appropriate for beginning readers.
School Library Journal
This, the author/illustrator's second book in the Bing and Chutney Adventure Series ... is a short simple story about friendship and imagination. The large text makes it easy to read. Bing, who is very happy in her shiny little house with a small green garden, thinks she has everything, until she realizes that she doesn't have a best friend to share it with. Bing uses her imagination to paint pictures of what friends might look like. Finally, Bing paints a picture of what a best friend might look like and tapes it on the wall. That evening, Bing's new best friend, Chutney, arrives just in time to share a huge mountain of spaghetti. Chutney looks exactly like Bing's picture, and they know immediately that they'll be best friends. Bing and Chutney spend the evening talking and telling stories. It's the best day ever. Von Konigslow does a fine job with these lovable characters in her watercolour illustrations. This little book will make a great addition to my Friends storytime for preschoolers. Recommended.