Jake and his neighbor Rosie are almost exactly alike--they are the same size, have the same hair color, and (after they switch left shoes), wear the same unmatched footgear. They giggle happily together through obstreperous games and even have chicken pox at the same time. Then, when Jake doesn't find Rosie at home one day, he is desolate till she returns--but now they are more like twins than ever: her mother has taken her to buy red shoes just like Jake's. The implicit message here is that the ways in which Jake and Rosie differ (neither their sex nor their skin color is the same) are irrelevant to their perfect friendship, Lillie uses cool, clean watercolors confined within fine lines in her neatly constructed illustrations; body language and deftly suggested facial expressions convey the pair's energy and amity. A simple yet satisfying rendition of a familiar theme. Though Jake and Rosie are preschoolers, this could also be used as an easy reader.