Roberta Baker & Debbie Tilley
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
lizabeth Ann '
' Walinsky doesn't like dolls or dresses ... she's a '
' whose entire room is '
', and who saves her allowance to buy a '
'. She feels sad when she can't find a friend to share her dinopassion.
hat summer, Lizard meets Spider at T-ball practice - Spider loves dinosaurs and Lizard admires his six-legged '
'. They build a terrarium for their creatures, become best friends, and vow '
We'll never become extinct!
' Lizard is devastated when Spider doesn't show up in her school for first grade, and she cries '
hot lava tears
'. But Lizard sees Spider after school and she befriends Samantha, whose salamander soon finds a home in the terrarium.
ids have passions just like those portrayed here, and need to share them.
reminds us just how important those early interests and friendships are, and how much they deserve our support. Debbie Tilley's illustrations add humor to the tale.
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