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edition:Hardcover
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published: Aug 2009
ISBN:9781554534463
publisher: Kids Can Press

Me and You

illustrated by Genevieve Cote

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friendship, pigs, rabbits
5 of 5
2 ratings
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list price: $16.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: Aug 2009
ISBN:9781554534463
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

Two artistic friends, paintbrushes in hand ... “I wish I were just like you,” says the rabbit to the pig. “I wish I were just like you,” says the pig to the rabbit. As the friends use paintbrushes and a few props to adjust tails, ears and noses, something soon becomes clear: they liked each other better before. “I am me and you are you ... that's why we love each other, me and you!”

This gentle celebration of friendship and individuality by award-winning writer and illustrator Geneviève Côté will reassure young readers that they are loved and special as themselves. It's a book with all-ages appeal and an ideal gift for a child --- or a best friend.

Contributor Notes

Geneviève Côté is a Montreal artist whose illustrations have graced the pages of publications such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Her books have received three nominations for the Governor General's Award for Illustration, one of which went on to win, and she has also won the Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award.

Geneviève Côté is a Montreal artist whose illustrations have graced the pages of publications such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Her books have received three nominations for the Governor General's Award for Illustration, one of which went on to win, and she has also won the Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
2 to 5
Grade:
p to k
Awards
  • Winner, Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, IBBY
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association
  • Short-listed, Book of the Year, Foreword Magazine
Editorial Reviews

The banter of the first-person dialogue is childlike and exuberant and will have kids smiling while subtly reinforcing individuality. Simply charming.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


Text and illustrations effectively collaborate to create a cozy, cheerful book. A welcome addition with broad appeal.—School Library Journal

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Me and You

How many times have we admired someone else so much that we want to be that person? Children too, while at play, notice their friend’s approach and way of being as quite different from themselves. Often they imitate each other, back and forth, their game being also a way to develop and establish their own identity.

Me and You explores, with refreshing simplicity and a bouncy lightness of text and art, one of the “existential” aspects of being in the world: who we are in respect to someone else.

Bunny and Piggy, while involved in the creative process of painting, become keenly aware of each other’s differences. Great admiration ensues on the part of each for the other, so much so that they attempt to transform themselves into the other.

Geneviève Côté cleverly focuses on physical characteristics that define the distinctive quality of Bunny and Piggy. The two friends’ sense of wonder and fascination for each other is expressed by depicting the other’s traits, even the less attractive, as most desirable.

In the end, Bunny and Piggy realize how ridiculous it is to assume another’s identity. A deeper appreciation of the other and of their own selves concludes this charming tale. How satisfying to feel a sense of joy about everyone’s uniqueness. This is a delightful book for anyone, most especially for a young child.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2010. Vol.33 No.3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Me and You

“I love you just the way you are...” Bunny and Piggie are best friends who notice that they are different from each other. They imagine what life would be like if they were each other. They learn that they are best off as they are and both are works of art that way. This heartwarming look at animal friends is captured in gentle watercolour artwork.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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