story by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers
illustrated by Brinton Turkle
Parents Magazine Press
Sorry about the blurriness of the pictures on the edges. I'm longing for a wand scanner, but for now I must putter away with my dinosaur that eats the edges off every two page spread. But this post must go on. So . . .
Meet Sam. And Joe. They are two very different fellas who live in two very different worlds, but both long to find some commonality on which to base a friendship. The book opens when they meet, and soon discover that they both are seeking new places to live.
"Let's live together!" They both exclaim.
But Joe likes a big house - Sam likes a small. No small surprise there for the reader, but a surprise indeed for our characters. They spend a page or two honking their noses and wiping away tears.
Well, if they can't live together, maybe they can play ball! That's it!
But Joe likes football - Sam likes baseball.
That umbrella is a nice touch, don't you think?
How about cycling?
Nah. Not that either.
Poor guys. I'm afraid those hankies are going to need a good wringing out before this story is over. But the story does have a happy ending. For once, I'll break my own no spoilers rule, because I'd hate for you to worry about poor ol' Sam and Joe.
They will always live in separate houses.
They will always play at different games.
Some things never change.
And I will never, ever give away an ending.