Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom is charming, delightful, and heart warming.  Polar Bear is busy reading, writing, and thinking.  The illustrations show Polar Bear quite busy and preoccupied when his friend Duck keeps interrupting him with questions.  Duck is a bit inquisitive or nosey depending on your perspective.  He wants to be doing what Polar Bear is doing.  I find myself thinking isn't this normal for friends?  I also find myself thinking maybe some readers might connect Duck's behavior to that of a sibling.  Duck goes to make a snack, returning with a snack and a sweet note for Polar Bear.  Polar Bear is touched by Ducks kindness and returns the notes and sentiments to Duck.  This story uses several sight words in the simplistic and sometimes repetitive text, making this book accessible to emerging readers.

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