I don’t often buy a book, but when one is hands-down terrific, I must have it. In #1 I reviewed “The Rabbit Listened” by Cori Doerrfeld.
Here is #2, a story of friendship, and what happens when there is a catastrophe. Can friendship survive? Children are in need of stories that help strengthen and develop their social and emotional skills. How can they grow into adulthood without knowing how to make (and keep) friends? When a story is also outstanding, its a win-win.
Stick and Stone
by Beth Ferry
Stick and stone are not alike. Not at all. They are unlikely friends, yet over time they become ‘best buds’.
Children immediately relate to this simple test. Why? Because it is the root of what children instinctively want. Making a friend is #1 on the scale of social and emotional development. Yes, this is big.
Trouble comes along. It’s a thunderstorm, and Stick and Stone are separated.
Stone is desperately trying to find Stick. There is a dramatic rescue. The rhyming text adds to the story, and to the emotions children feel. It is a classic for young children. It is a lesson, and a story they beg to hear over and over again. This is but a glimmer of the entire book. It’s a favorite in my classroom.
Stay tuned for #3, The Beatryce Prophecy, a book for older children. It’s fresh off the press from author Kate DiCamillo.