A Friend Like You – Andrea Schomburg and Barbara Rottgen, illustrated by Sean Julian


51bf8j0tfil A Friend Like You – Andrea Schomburg and Barbara Rottgen, illustrated by Sean Julian, tiger tales, (9781680100310), 2016.

Format: Hardcover picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? A little squirrel is preparing for winter by gathering acorns, storing and burying them when a little bird shows up, tired and hungry. Squirrel offers the bird a nut but the bird replies that it only eats worms. “Why not eat a nut for a change?” said squirrel. And the bird gives it a try and finds it delicious. Squirrel and Bird have a great time playing and singing in the trees. They have become fast friends. Bird even decides to stay with squirrel, flying when she wants and waiting to eat worms in the spring. The story illustrates how differences can still cement friendship. The illustrations are sweet and adorable, very soft and descriptive.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book? This would add nicely to a storytime about friendship and celebrating differences.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, kindergartens and day care centers.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? For the sweetness of the illustrations, yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 12/28/2016

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