Eunice and Kate
Eunice and Kate
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Annotation: Can an astronaut and a ballet dancer be best friends?
Catalog Number: #210897
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 44
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-9996584-7-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-9996584-7-5
Dewey: E
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Neighbors Eunice and Kate are close pals, whether playing together or talking about their dreams: Eunice wants to be a ballet dancer; Kate, an astronaut. Then, a class activity drawing each other prompts each girl to wonder whether her friend's hoped-for future is actually the right choice. The resulting portraits, reflecting their own rather than the other's aspirations, leave both girls feeling misunderstood. However, as their mothers note, their portraits also feature positives happy smile, a big heart inging new perspective. As the girls discover, perhaps there are ways to appreciate individual pursuits and creatively combine them. Vibrant cartoon-like illustrations feature everyday scenarios. Eunice and her mom are portrayed with darker skin, Kate and her mom with a lighter skin tone. The girls' childlike drawings, incorporated into the story, add some charm. The text is accessible for independent readers, with the occasional lyrical touch. Although scenes focusing specifically on the moms seem somewhat superfluous, the affectionate mother-daughter relationships are evident throughout. The overall message is ultimately positive and upbeat, including how mutually supporting unique interests can enrich friendships.
Kirkus Reviews
Eunice and Kate are always together, but each must learn to appreciate the other for who she truly is.Eunice and Kate live in "side-by-side apartments," where their mothers do laundry in the same basement and chat while Eunice and Kate share their dreams. Eunice dreams of being a ballerina; Kate dreams of being an astronaut. Both girls' loving moms work to make ends meet. One day at school, when it's time to draw a portrait of each other, "they opened their eyes and observed." Readers might think Eunice and Kate are going to notice their physical differences—Eunice is white with brown hair, and Kate is black with tall, puffy hair. But it's their friend's dreams that they question. Eunice draws Kate as a ballerina, and Kate draws Eunice as an astronaut. When they exchange drawings, each says, "That's not me." That night, after their mothers recognize some accuracy in the portraits, each girl decides to make a new drawing, featuring both of them combining their dreams. The text alternates between the girls at each page turn, which mostly works but sometimes feels a bit forced, as do the pages about their mothers; the structure is not quite enough to give the story a cohesive feel. The cartoon illustrations dramatize thoughts and feelings with expressive faces, close-ups, and a range of layouts.Despite some structural weaknesses, a thoughtful treatment of what it means to be a friend. (Picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 Best friends Eunice and Kate live next to each other in the city. Each girl lives with her single mom, and they play and walk to school together. The only difference is that Eunice loves to dance ballet and Kate wants to be an astronaut. One day at school, their friendship is tested when they are instructed to draw each other, and neither girl likes the result. Will they learn to accept each other's wishes for the future? Napoli's quirky, fun illustrations perfectly match the text. This book is a great read that highlights the importance of accepting others. VERDICT A recommended purchase with a clearly conveyed lesson.Maeve Dodds, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: 630L

Eunice and Kate are best friends, but can their friendship weather a storm? The girls live with their moms next door to each other in the heart of the city and have a lot in common--even though they have different dreams for the future: Kate wants to be an astronaut and Eunice wants to be a ballet dancer. But when they draw portraits of each other in art class, things get mixed up. Eunice draws Kate as a ballet dancer and Kate draws Eunice as an astronaut, and they both get more than a little annoyed. Can their friendship survive? With a little help from their moms, the girls come to learn the value of respecting each other's different dreams. Eunice and Kate is a heartfelt new book by Mariana Llanos, illustrated by Elena Napoli, about how honoring our differences can strengthen our bonds.

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