I don't know how many of you are parents and have little ones, but ever since I had Olivia, my now 3 and a half year old, I've been immersed in the world of kid lit. And believe me, there is a wide variety of books, some better than others. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review FRIENDS STICK TOGETHER with Olivia who now definitely has her own opinions on books.
Goodreads Book Description: A touching and timeless story about finding friendship in unlikely places from the award-winning creator of Extraordinary Jane
Rupert is a rhinoceros of refined sensibilities. Levi, the new tickbird in class, is not. He burps the alphabet, tells corny jokes, and does really embarrassing air guitar solos. Worse, he lands right on Rupert and is determined to be Rupert's symbiotic best pal! Rupert wants him gone. But when Levi finally does bug off, Rupert finds the peace and quiet a little boring. It turns out, Rupert could really use a friend like Levi.
This sweet and moving friendship story shares an important message of acceptance for every reader--whether they're a Rupert or a Levi.
Author Bio: Hannah E. Harrison is an award-winning painter, specializing in animal subjects, and this is her fourth picture book. She majored in art and minored in creative writing at Colby College in the pursuit of becoming a children's book author/illustrator. Hannah lives in Oklahoma with her husband and daughters.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 couches
My review: From my adult eyes, this is one of the better children's books. First of all, it is beautifully illustrated and the animal paintings are really wonderful. I've noticed the high quality pictures in all of Hannah's books. The story itself has a great message-- while there may be things that annoy us in our friends, if they are good friends, it's important to keep those friends even if we don't realize it at the time. While Levi, the bird, seems like an atypical friend, he is loyal, and literally sticks to Levi as a tick bird. Plus, he helps Rupert by keeping those itchy ticks off of him! Some of the definitions and ideas were over Olivia's head and I think will be for other toddlers, but this book will definitely grow with them.
Olivia's review: My favorite character is the bird. He's silly. It's important to be a good friend. My favorite page is where Rupert spins around and throws up in the garbage can.
There you have it! If you have a child, this is a great book to pick up and explain the importance of friendship.
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