June and August

June and August
Vivian Walsh

This imaginative story explores the concept that the greatest friendships can come to be if you are willing to overlook differences.
Vivian Walsh is the co-creator of several bestselling books for children. In June and August she once again makes a misunderstanding the humorous but pivotal moment that brings together two very unlikely friends. One night in the jungle, June is thrilled to see a shooting star, while August loves looking at the moon. Although they can’t see each other in the dark, the two promise to meet again the next day. But when morning dawns, they face a dilemma. How are June and August going to recognize each other?

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—June is a snake and August an elephant, but this is not immediately apparent to them. On the dark night when they first meet, their physical differences are obscured and they are drawn together by their dreams of what they'd do if they could travel into space. When they meet again in daylight, they continue to bond and to dream together. This odd story has a quirky charm. The story line is disjointed, not because of a lack of storytelling skill, but as a deliberate style that produces a sense of surrealism. The playful illustrations are full of visual tricks that pair the snake with the elephant's trunk, or pointy blades of grass with rhinoceros horns. Readers may be intrigued or they may be befuddled, but they likely won't be bored by this unusual take on friendship and individuality.—Heidi Estrin


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