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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Unexpected Friendship

In Jennifer K. Mann's book Two Speckled Eggs, Ginger is a girl looking forward to her birthday party. "But Ginger's mom said she had a to invite all of the girls in her class - or none of them." A party with no one did not seem like a good idea, so Ginger is forced to invite the girl everyone thinks is weird: Lyla Browning. While the other girls wreck the games and behave inappropriately, Lyla wanders around, enjoys Ginger's favorite silver-and-gold cake (coconut and pineapple), and laughs at the ladybug that lands on Ginger's nose. And, she brings the most amazing gift: a handmade bird nest with two malted milk eggs nestled in it. She becomes the friend Ginger did not expect, the one she most loved. It is one of my favorite picture books about friendship.

Though top-ten lists are popular, I choose only five others as my favorites:

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Farfallina and Marcel by Holly Keller
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." - Henry Ford

1 comment:

  1. Such a beautiful story...and such an elegant photo...I do love friendship books.
    Frog and Toad, how could anyone of any age not love them?!!
    Toot & Puddle: a very real pair...
    Do you like PS Longer Letter Later?
    Jewel and Sketch: Letter Friends