A stick and stone become best friends, but what will happen when stick blows away in a storm? Cute illustrations and a great story about friendship.
Clever story about best friends who stick together through good times and bad. Good selection for a book about bullying for very young kids, but an even better pick is One by Kathryn Otoshi.
Heartwarming, good lessons for the kiddos, and clever for the adult who happens to be reading.
SUMMARY: Stick and Stone are alone. Pinecone makes fun of Stone so Stick "sticks" up for him and they become friends. Then a hurricane comes and blows stick and Pinecone away. Stone is alone again until he finds stick and saves him.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in watercolor and pencil. They are very basic, but have some interesting details along the way like the bubbles and the pathway through the grass that Stone makes.
THE GOOD: Through the middle of the book is a nice story of friendship. It shows the kinds of things friends do together.
THE NOT AS GOOD: First, I am not a fan of books that do not use complete sentences. I think this dumbs down language for children and does not enhance their learning. For example: "Along comes Pinecone. Makes fun of Stone. Won't leave him alone." Then, the resolution Stick chooses for helping Stone is telling Pinecone to go away. I suppose there is not enough room for the amount of words needed to tell Pinecone that his behavior is not nice. Everything is cheerful until a hurricane comes along. A hurricane? I found this a strange and slightly violent way to interrupt their friendship. Finally, suddenly at the end, Pinecone is now friends with Stick and Stone. I have absolutely no idea where he came from since he was banished by Stick. This story unfortunately did not leave me with warm fuzzy feelings of friendship. Instead, I felt like half the story was missing somewhere.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: The language is too simplified for the older crowd and the story is too muddled for the younger crowd, so I cannot give a good age recommendation for this one.
A cute book about the friendship between a stick and stone. Demonstrates how they stick up for one another and help each other when needed. A favorite in our house!
This charming read-aloud begins on a note of relatable melancholy: "Stick. Stone. Lonely. Alone." Once our isolated characters finally meet, however, the mood lightens as they quickly become BFFs, making giggle-worthy puns (Stone marvels to upright Stick, "Gee, you stuck up for me!") and rescuing one another from scary storms and bullying pinecones. Just as skinny Stick and round Stone together form "a perfect 10," this combination of easy-to-read rhymes and endearingly expressive illustrations results in "off-the-charts adorability" (Booklist). Children who enjoy this minimal yet irresistible friendship fable may also like Doreen Cronin's Smick!
Picture books newsletter, May 2015.
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