Read The Friendly Book (Big Little Golden Book) by Margaret Wise Brown Online


I like cars / Red cars, green cars / Sports limousine cars / I like cars . . .Since 1954 parents and children have adored The Friendly Book, where everything is likable, from bugs to boats and from cars to stars. Garth Williams’s lively illustrations are a perfect counterpart to Margaret Wise Brown’s playful lists of wonderful things....

Title : The Friendly Book (Big Little Golden Book)
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ISBN : 9780307106438
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Friendly Book (Big Little Golden Book) Reviews

  • Kip Noschese
    2019-04-09 15:17

    I love this book and so do my kids (twin boys, age 3.5). The text is simple and fun to read, listing different likes; boats, trains, whistles, etc. In the end, it comes around to "I like people," and it's very sweet. My kids just about know it word for word. Even better than the text is the illustrations by Garth Williams. He is one of my favorite illustrators and his artwork for The Friendly book is beyond perfect. There's all kinds of animals driving all kinds of trains, boats and cars. His illustrations give you the feeling that he had as much fun creating them as they are to look at--so many little details to find. Every kid should own a copy!

  • Jay
    2019-04-16 20:36

    This book gets 5 stars for me for one reason only: the wonderful illustrations of Garth Williams. My copy is a re-publication of the original. Unlike some of the re-publications of vintage Little Golden Books, this edition is faithful to the original and does not omit parts of the text or any of the pictures. I loved this story as a child and would get lost in the details of the illustrations. Margaret Wise Brown's text is okay: it's all about liking categories of things - trains, cars, dogs, boats and after all that, people. There is gentle poetry in this, and the story flows very smoothly and soothingly when read aloud. It's a good book to read to a young child at bed time. But what "makes" this short book are Garth Williams' charming and in places hilarious illustrations of trains, cars, dogs, etc. It's nearly impossible to capture in words how amazing they are. Google him and see for yourself.

  • Hilary
    2019-04-02 18:19

    A strange cross between what I'd normally expect from Margaret Wise Brown and Dr. Seuss. The text varied from page to page, sometimes all illustrated and sometimes leaving a small person asking "What type of {X} is that?"Good for a beginning reader, if only I could encourage looking at the words rather than just guessing from the pictures!

  • Winslow
    2019-03-25 18:29

    The lulling repetition puts you into a nice sleepy state. You like the way I. says "doggy dog." You think the bunny waiting in the car to get the tire fixed feels sad. You like to point out the mama and baby dog on the bench, and the submarine that is bumping the rowboat.

  • Robert Beveridge
    2019-03-26 17:09

    Margaret Wise Brown, The Friendly Book (Golden Press, 1954)The farther I get outside the Goodnight Moon circle of Margaret Wise Brown books, the more I understand that saying about lightning never striking twice. The Friendly Book is the weakest book the Brown corpus we've encountered so far. It seems to be an attempt at poetry. To Brown's credit, the structure of most of the pieces of the book is the same, though that structure is very flawed; the first half of each poem (each of which is title “I Like _____”, with a different fitb for each) is a simple list of things, while the second is a quatrain that actually approaches verse. Had the whole book resembled those second halves, this might at least be half-decent. On the other hand, it isn't, and it isn't, respectively. **

  • Donna Nance
    2019-04-06 15:36

    I have loved this book for over 50 years, and could recite most of it by heart! And, it's so fun to stop at each page and "watch" all of the activity going on in each illustration! Love Garth Williams! Over the years, I must have lost my copy....or maybe it fell apart from so much love....but purchased a new copy recently. When I read it, it's like visiting old friends!I love this book so much, that I wrote sort of a silly "homage" to Margaret Wise Brown in the style of "The Friendly Book!" For about 50 years I have had a "thing" for anything shoe related, so my story is called "I Like Shoes!" If you're interested, let me know and I'll post it! (I am an elementary school librarian!)

  • Michael
    2019-03-30 15:36

    People, boats, dogs, fish, snow, stars, even trains among other things that a child likes. Good starter book for the young reader as it shows how one thing can still be many different things, and yet be the same thing.

  • Tara Calaby
    2019-04-04 23:23

    I don't remember a lot about this one, beyond the fact that I definitely read it as a kid.

  • Jessie Horcher
    2019-04-04 15:12

    This book was all about liking a lot of things. It would be good to introduce diversity to small students.