Cork and Fuzz: Short and Tall by Dori Chaconas
Age: Beginning Reader (1st to 2nd grade)
Publisher: Viking, 2006 / 0670059854 / 32 pages
Cork, the muskrat, is upset that although he is older than Fuzz the possum, he is still shorter than Fuzz. The two friends spend a week trying to figure out how to make Fuzz shorter and Cork taller.
The beautiful illustrations by Lisa McCue won me over with this book. Cork and Fuzz are two very adorable forest creatures. They learn a valuable lesson that just because they are different doesn’t mean that they can’t be friends. It’s a great to book to use to talk about differences in people in regards to cultures, religions, etc. Shapes and sizes shouldn’t determine the definition of a friendship.