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Picture Book Review: Stick and Stone

on May 21, 2015

Stick and Stone

Title: Stick and Stone
Author: Beth Ferry / Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Format: Picture Book
Source: Library copy
Publisher/Date: HMH Books for Young Readers/ 4/7/2015
Pages/Format: 48/ Hardcover
ISBN: 9780544032569

This beautifully illustrated and colorful book is about two characters, Stick and Stone and how they are both alone until they form an unlikely friendship when Stick “sticks up” for Stone against the bully Pinecone. The concept is perfect for older children learning about friendships and relationships. Particularly when it comes to dealing with bullies. The simple and terse text makes this a quick read for preschoolers and older toddlers. It carries a wonderful message about friendship. I was surprised to learn that this is the author’s first book. Its so eloquent (eloquent puns!) with inviting and warm illustrations to further carry on the story.  What I like is that the author tells the story of forming a friendship the way children actually experience it in real life.

Primary Reading Skills

Tell a Story (Narrative Skills) The simple storyline and the colorful illustrations allow for a lot of communication and discussion between parent/child or teacher/child. There is so much going on in this book in regards to emotions: feeling lonely, attacked, brave, scared, nervous, happy, etc. It lends itself well to a range of topics and themes for young children.

Love Books (Print Motivation) This is a great book for promoting print motivation because it is a story that so encapsulates what forming a friendship is like for young children. Its a story they can relate to and read over and over again.

How to use this book

For parents

Use this book to talk about emotions, about forming friendships, about standing up for your friends and being brave. Talk about love, and feeling empathy for those around you.

For librarians/teachers

This book is a wonderful resource for promoting proper social skills in young children. Although its about friendships, its about the range of emotions within a friendship. This is wonderful for a toddler/preschool storytime. I would recommend this for a small crowd because of how detailed the illustrations are. Large crowds won’t be able to appreciate or get a good view of the artwork from the back of the room. Although the story will still resonate with all families.

Suggested Reading

My Friend is Sad (Elephant and Piggie, #2) A Birthday for Cow! Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit

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