Palo Y Piedra/Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

  Palo Y Piedra/Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 9780358086987, 2019, first edition 2015

Format: Board book

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

What did you like about the book: An adorable board book based on the saying, “Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” with Spanish translation and simple rhyming text and expressive illustrations.  Meet Stick and Stone- they are lonely and alone, a zero and a one. Along comes Pinecone and makes fun of Stone. Stick tells him to vanish! He stuck up for Stone- that is what friends do! Stick and Stone are no longer alone- they are friends now.  They wander, explore, and then laze by the shore until a hurricane comes. Stick and Pinecone are blown away and stuck in a puddle. Stone rescues him and they are together again because that is what friends do, a perfect 10, to the End.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a wonderful story to share with little ones about being kind,  friendship, and bullying.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, day cares, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Board books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  January 19, 2020


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