It’s back to school time! So today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday pick is FRIENDS (Mostly). As new students start school and old students return to new classrooms, children will make new friends, some will lose old friends all will hopefully learn what friendship means and how to keep them intact.
Themes/Topics: Friendship, Jealousy, Kindness and Caring
Brief Synopsis: This book is about how two best friends make up when one allows jealousy to tear them apart.
Ruby and Henry,
Henry and Ruby,
Usually we’re friends, but sometimes we’re unfriends.
It all depends.
Why I like this book: The title tells all, you can be friends (mostly) and you can be unfriends too. Friendships often hit rough patches and kids need to find a way to work through those times. When Ruby is teased because she can’t float like her best friend Henry, she lashes out at him. And then she decides to walk away from their friendship. In the end, the two friends work out how to remain friends. A wonderful lesson for showing children what friendship looks like and how friendships work. And even when bad feelings come between friends, sometimes only one act of kindness can save a relationship.
Themes/Topics: sharing, kindness, adapting to change, acceptance, friendship [spacer height=”10px”]
Brief Synopsis: Pug is quite happy with his life until Pig moves in. What’s a Pug to do when a Pig who moves into his home eats from his bowl, interrupts his routine, and sleeps on his bed? [spacer height=”10px”]
“This is Pug’s home. This is where Pug lives.
This is Pug’s bowl. This is where Pug eats.
This is Pug’s yard. This is where Pug works.
This is Pug’s bed. This is where Pug sleeps.
Pug is happy hear at home with his bowl, his yard, and his bed. But one day when the door opens…” [spacer height=”10px”]
Why I like this book: Delightful story! The easy to read text delivers a powerful message about kindness, adapting to change, sharing, acceptance, and friendship. The illustrations are adorable and expressive. They show exactly how kids look when someone else wants what they have. [spacer height=”10px”]
PUG meets PIG is a wonderful story to share with kids who are expecting a sibling, or learning to share, or who are having difficulty resolving conflicts. It is also a perfect story to introduce the concepts of empathy and kindness to very young children.
The easy to read text coupled with fun illustrations also makes this book a great pick for beginners to practice independent reading. [spacer height=”10px”]
Find an activity guide to accompany the book here. [spacer height=”10px”]