Children's Poet Laureate

And To Think That We Thought We Would Never Be Friends

Crown, 1999.

Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

In a rhyming verse that is a deliberate tribute to Dr. Seuss, this rollicking tale tells how making friends rather than fighting can lead to a better world. What begins as a minor sibling squabble results in an escalating resolution that culminates with the whole world uniting in friendship. Noisy neighbors and squabbling townsfolk, dogs and cats, lions and tigers, and eventually even predator sharks settle their differences and join the parade!

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"A jaunty rhyme and imaginative art combine in a book that also comes complete with a useful message."


"This bouncy title will make a wonderful read-aloud, especially as a responsive poem with children echoing the chorus. It would also be great for creative dramatics, with youngsters joining a parade complete with whistles, spoons, and drums."

School Library Journal

"I believe that [this] children's book…has earned the award for the longest-titled picture book of 1999; it has earned my vote for the best one as well."

Cover to Cover Booksellers

"Youngsters will want to jump in before this parade can pass them by."

Publishers Weekly