A Real Friend
Authored by Jennifer Wolfthal
Illustrated by Judi Abbot
* Ages: 4-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Publisher: Clavis; Illustrated Edition
* Pub. Date: November 10, 2020
* Language: English
Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You
Benny and Max love spending time together. They are best friends and they play Alien Invaders, hide-and-seek and enjoy nutritious lunches together. As they spend more and more time playing they come to the realization that you can't always have your own way and that the other guy just might like to have his own opinion on things too. Eventually Max starts getting on Benny's nerves and he decides that's enough. Exasperated Benny finally sends Max packing. As Max heads home he shouts...
"Good! You're not my best friend anymore!"
"Good! I'll find a new best friend!" Benny yelled.
Benny creatively constructs a robot using odds and ends from around his house and dubs him Jax. Jax is a perfect companion but not a responsive "friend" like his ex-friend Max. It's very heartwarming when the two once again reunite and appreciate each other's differences.
This book celebrates the value of friendship and the importance of acceptance, problem solving and compromise. The illustrations make the text come alive and kids will relate to the message. I highly recommend this book.
Meet the Author and the Illustrator