That’s What Friends Are For – Suzanne Chiew, illustrated by Caroline Pedler

         That’s What Friends Are For – Suzanne Chiew, illustrated by Caroline Pedler, Tiger Tales, (9781680100402), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This is a nice choice for S.T.E.M. programming as it deals with both water conservation and the use of a lever system.  Badger and his friends are enjoying the beautiful sun-filled summer weather when they find that the stream has dried up.  The animals worry about the lack of water and set out to gather all that they can while also coming to the rescue of a frog family.  Tracing the dry stream bed to a mountain pool, the friends find that a boulder is blocking the stream and use a lever to remove the obstruction.  Later the rain arrives, and somewhere along the line we find that Badger has constructed some rain barrels.  The bright illustrations are full of child appeal and reminiscent of Karma Wilson’s Bear series.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is great to use for S.T.E.M. programming and is also a nice read aloud.  It should offer lots of discussion topics and introduce the importance of water conservation to young children.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  4/30/17             

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