Have you ever had a friend who was very different than you? These two books take us inside such friendships.
theme: friendship, diversity, imagination
by Nikki Slade Robinson
32 pages; ages 4-7
Clarion Books, 2017
"You're a funny color for a duck!"
Mo and Muddle are best friends - but Muddle is a bit confused about their animal identity. That's because Mo has a "hairy beak" and he quacks funny.
But when they visit a goat farm, Muddle has an epiphany! Mo isn't a duck! Perhaps he, Muddle, is a goat?
What I like about this book: I like the gentle way that Mo helps Muddle sort out his duck identity. This is such a warm - and funny - story of differences, acceptance, and the sort of friendship that transcends all sorts of silliness. The illustrations are sweet, too.
by Sharon G. Flake; illus. by Anna Raff
40 pages; ages 3-7
Boyds Mills, 2016
I am a cat. Meow.
Duck thinks he's a cat. He wants to be a cat - no matter how many times Cat tells him he's a duck. So duck puts on cat ears and goes meowing about.
What I like about this book: When cat refuses to admit he's a cat, Duck decides he's a parrot. He could be a squirrel. Duck is casting about for his identity. To be honest, he's also irritating Cat with his constant pretending. I also like that the story is written completely in dialog.
Beyond the Book:
Have you ever wanted to be someone - or something - else? Draw a picture or write a story about what happened/
What would you do if you woke up with wings? Or discovered you were a cat/dog/duck/goat... ?
Do you have friends who are very different from you? How do you celebrate your differences? How do you celebrate your friendship?
Today is PPBF (perfect picture book Friday), an event in which bloggers share great
picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. She keeps an ever-growing list of
Perfect Picture Books. Review copy provided by publishers.