The Buddy Bench – B.D. Cottleston, illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla


  The Buddy Bench – B.D. Cottleston, illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla, Flowerpot Press, 9781486717750, 2019

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture

What did you like about the book? I’m on board with any book that talks about making new friends. In this story, we see a school that has a “Buddy Bench”. This is a bench that is designed for making friends. If a child is on the bench, another child can walk up and talk to them or even invite them to play along in an activity. In this case, it is a rare snowy day in Texas and a little boy is eager to go outside and play in the snow during recess. Unfortunately, his other classmates did not share his same enthusiasm so he went to the Buddy Bench in hopes of finding someone there. On the bench was a girl named Shae who just happened to be from a very cold climate. She spent the entire recess showing him all kinds of fun ways she and her friends used to play in the snow–including using the lunchroom trays to go sledding down the hill. The best part of the day–they each made a new friend.

The back of this book also offers suggestions on creating a buddy bench and what children can do to make a buddy bench successful such as how to talk with a new friend or make someone feel included. There are also some great discussion questions to help children learn how to meet new friends.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of four and six.

Who should buy this book? Public and school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of four and six.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, great for a back-to-school book especially when there is always a new kid in the classroom.

Reviewer  Kristin Guay, former youth librarian

Date of review: August 1, 2019

 

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