Terrific Children’s Books – #2

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’.

Stick.  Stone.  Lonely.  Alone.  A zero.  A one.

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.

Then thunder and rain, a loud hurricane.

Trouble comes along.  It’s a thunderstorm, and Stick and Stone are separated.

Search day and search night.  No Stick in sight.

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.

Stick and Stone.  A perfect 10.


Stay tuned for #3, The Beatryce Prophecy, a book for older children.  It’s fresh off the press from author Kate DiCamillo.

About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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60 Responses to Terrific Children’s Books – #2

  1. Ritu says:

    What a simple, cute book!

  2. beth says:

    i have stick and stone and absolutely love it!

  3. Thank you Jennie.???

    Sandra Pilmoor ________________________________

  4. beetleypete says:

    That simplicity makes it just perfect for early readers, and the illustrations are delightful too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. bosssybabe says:

    Looks like a wonderful book! ❤️👌

  6. Sounds like a wonderful story – we do need to nurture the concept of friendships – small children are really social and their friendships have no boundaries! Important now more than ever in these times of feelings of isolation 😊

  7. Darlene says:

    Kids need these kinds of books, especially now.

  8. A wonderful book. Its telling a very important story. Thanks for sharing the review, Jennie! xx Michael

  9. Jim Borden says:

    sounds like another wonderful book. I like the simple, but effective, drawings.

  10. srbottch says:

    Friendship, a terrific theme even for adults. You have motivated me to search out and make contact with a childhood chum who lives in Worcester area. We caught a lot of fish and played lots of golf usually accompanied by my dad. I’ll let you know.

  11. Oh wow. The few rhymes you have displayed is eerily similar to a book I have written about 2 monsters…

  12. This does look like the perfect book for young children!

  13. Love the drawings in this one, really brings life to the story.

  14. quiall says:

    How incredibly touching! It’s beauty is in its simplicity and the fact that adults can learn a lesson here.

  15. This sounds like a delightful book for children, Jennie.

  16. Looks like a genius book for sure. Thanks, Jennie.

  17. It looks so cute, and sounds wonderful.

  18. So powerful, Jennie, and just right for little kids. I love the illustrations. Beautiful.

  19. petespringerauthor says:

    I haven’t known the first two, but I’ve read nearly all of Kate’s books.

  20. An adorable story, Jennie. It was fun to see inside the book. Hugs on the wing.

  21. dgkaye says:

    Love your kiddie recommends Jennie. ❤

  22. Norah says:

    You are right about friendship being #1, Jennie. What a clever concept.

  23. frenchc1955 says:

    Hi Jennie, thank you for the recommendation!

  24. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here is another wonderful post from the excellent teacher, Jennie!

  25. mitchteemley says:

    Stick and Stone is adorable!

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