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My 7 year and I read this book, my daughter said that she would give the book 3 stars, I however would give it 2. In reading the book it seemed borderline compulsive and obsessive with trying to have someone to be your friend.
I understand that children have the desire to want to make friends but this went a little far. I especially did not like the ending nor did my daughter. I think as a parent we should explain to our children that when someone is being mean and ignoring you that pushing harder and being more adamant will not make them like you more and that it’s ok to walk away from someone that’s not showing a genuine interest in being your friend.
I wouldn’t recommend the book but it did open the doors for me to teach my daughter that some people are mean and that it’s ok to make new friends and walk away from others.
This book is perfect for 6 and 7 year old who are learning to navigate the ups and downs of having peers and a social life. It deals pretty frankly with how cruel kids can be to each other, in a way that can only be experienced and unfortunately not explained. The watercolor illustrations are just gorgeous.
I love Mary Ann Rodman's insight into childhood in this book. Her sparse words speak volumes about a child's social life. In her seemingly simple story, she shows a depth of emotion that will help children cope with callous and unkind kids.