A Few Stories about Friends

A Friend for Mole by Nancy Armo is about a mole who stumbles out of his hole and feels lonely because he’s afraid of the light, as well as wolf who got lost from his home in the middle of the night and is afraid of the dark. Since they are afraid of the opposite things, Mole helps Wolf in the night, and Wolf helps MOle find his home in the day light. Together the two friends play, explore, and scare monsters away. When morning comes, Wolf can help Mole back home. A Friend for Mole is a sweet story about two animal friends.

Harry and Walter by Kathy Stinson is about two unlikely friends, one 4 and three-quarters years old and the other ninety-two and a half. I loved how this was a story about how friendships evolve and change. I love how the two friends, although very different in age, found things they liked to do together. I was afraid when I first started that Walter’s age meant that this would have change involving his death, but it did not! It had Walter moving (against his will!) . I like how Walter, despite the fact that he feels too old to rake leaves in the end, still had some ideas of how the two could have fun in the fall leaves. Although there was an element of sadness to the story (simply because things do change), I felt so warm inside as I thought about these two unlikely friends!

Little One by Jo Weaver shows a mama bear and her little cub coming out of hibernation and into the world for a summer of adventure. The all black-and-white pencil sketches are surprisingly detailed and engaging. In fact, they perfectly capture the simple details of learning to befriend little creatures, find food, and pad back through the newly fallen snow to a cave for another winter of hibernation. Little One is an understated beauty.

Note: I received digital copies of these books from the publishers for review consideration.

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. What are the best books about pandas? My granddaughter is just turning two years old and LOVES pandas. I am looking for birthday book suggestions. Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Edith, I love pandas too! Zen Shorts is a great one that won the Caldecott Honor. The story is a bit above a two year old but I really like it. We have That’s Not My Panda which my preschooler loves. (I’m Usborne consultant). I just looked and Usborne also has a nonfiction book on Pandas, again above your granddaughter’s level but she’ll probably like it. And then there is Panda in the Park which I have not seen but I have other peek through books and they are a lot of fun. Not Usborne, but I really love Renata Liwska’s illustrations in Little Panda and there is always this super fun this Goldilock’s retelling with Pandas! I hope those ideas help!

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