written by Kat Yeh
illustrated by Chuck Groenink
Disney - Hyperion, 2016
review copy from public library
the Friend Ship is a charming story about a hedgehog who is feeling lonely. She over hears someone is the forest talking about her and says she just needs to look for friendship. I hope you've picked up on the play of words and incase you didn't, hedgehog jumps right up and imagines a ship labeled with masts, stern, topsail, and friends. Hedgehog must own this ship because she sets off sailing and takes a journey where friends join her at various places. Each friend has a reason to join the Friend Ship. A few days later, surrounded by many animals hedgehog begins to feel lonely again. Her friends offer words of encouragement and elephant helps her see what has been in front of her all the time. The illustrations are done in natural/neutral tones creating a warm soft feeling for these characters.
I think this would make a great #classroombookaday - I'd like to hear my students discuss the author's message.