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our 6-year old saw this read on Storyline Online and it was an immediate "must have"! From that experience he even has searched out some American Sign Language along with other country's versions too. But better has been how he has shared the ideas of being very particular and yet, once you have a friend, you automatically begin to explore new ideas and new ways of doing things, Our 6-year old has even carried the themes from Chester's Way into his relationship with his 3-year old little brother and become more accepting of totally different approaches to life the two of them share. Much Fun and wonderful to see both our boys reflect on their own particulars ways of doing things with new eyes, new ears.
Every once in a while you discover an author who has been publishing books for decades. That's the case here. I'm sorry I only just discovered him recently. This is a sweet, easy reading book for early readers. Great to read alone or as a bedtime story. Charming illustrations add to the fun. The book touches on themes of making new friends, accepting others and trying new things. Also good humor throughout. I look forward to reading more from Kevin.
My daughter asked me to buy her this book because she had read it at school and this was her favorite. So how could I say no to that! My daughter likes me to read to her so when I read this to her, I loved it too. Actually really loved it. As an aside and speaking as someone who recognized more than a little Chester in me, I also recognized that Lilly is the child I wanted to be all those many years ago. I think this story celebrates the greatness of childhood but is also a lesson for adults. What fun stepping out of our comfort zones can be.
One of my favorite books I used to read to my little brother. Bought this copy for my 4 year old daughter who is very particular. It is still excellent to read. Genies' books are always lovely to look at with thoughtful stories about wonderfully quirky kids.
My introverted 7 year old really enjoys playing with only one child at a time. If a second child enters the play, my child will back away and go play by himself. His teacher recommended this book as a way for him to learn that it is ok to play with new friends. He loves this book and we had a great time discussing how it is always great to add a new child to a playgroup!
Henkes' books are excellent! Humorous, engaging, and true to life. Most importantly, Kevin Henkes doesn't 'talk down' to children. The best way for children to learn is to dangle the carrot just out in front of them and make them reach for it!
Chester's Way is a sweet little story that makes being friends with more than one person relatable to little kids. My daughter was going through a phase where she thought she could only be best friends with one little girl. They are always together but when that little girl went on vacation for a week, my daughter came home crying from preschool saying she had no friends. She did, it was just that she was so close to her little BFF. We read this book and it really helped her see that it was okay to branch off and have other friends.
I also love that Henkes stories are the perfect length to read before bed. Not too long that you almost fall asleep reading or too short that your kids need another. ;)