Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

The beauty of picture books is their ability to pack numerous life lessons, morals, and heart warming goodness into a few dozen pages. Beth Ferry's Stick and Stone is no different. I spent the last two weeks reading it to several preschool groups, and every time it made me feel warm and fuzzy.

We meet stick and stone separately at first. Both are sad and lonely - stick is a one; stone a zero. Then, one day a menacing pine cone comes alone and teases poor stone. Stick sticks up for him and they become fast friends. When stick is blown away during a hurricane, stone searches for his lost friend before rescuing the stick from a puddle. Together, they are a perfect 10. To further the sweetness, the nasty pine cone even comes around.

Tom Lichtenheld's (One Big Pair of Underwear) illustrations of the anthropomorphic stick and stone are super cute. And the simple, rhyming text is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The story of unwavering friendship offers grown-ups and kids a warm reminder that being kind rocks.

Other friendship stories you might like include A Monster Moved In by Timothy Knapman and  Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems.

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