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Book Buzz: Friends Stick Together

Book Buzz: Friends Stick Together

Friends Stick Together

Written and Illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison

Ages 4-7, Dial/Penguin

 

WARNING! Big fancy word about to be used…

Sym•bio•sis \,sim-be-‘o-ses, -,bi\ n

1: a close association of animals or plants of a different species that is often, but not always, of mutual benefit.

Rupert is a rhinoceros. Levi is a tick bird. They have a somewhat symbiotic relationship. They met on the first day of school. Levi takes to Rupert and sticks to him like glue. However, Levi is a bit annoying. Well, actually he is a lot annoying.

Rupert likes reading dictionaries, listening to classical overtures, and eating cucumber sandwiches with no crust. Levi likes to tell corny jokes, making inappropriate noises, and burping the alphabet. He is bothersome and embarrasses Rupert in all his school classes. These two are as opposites as opposites can get.

Let’s hit the pause button. Does this sound like anyone your children may know at school? Or, for that matter, you may know someone like this at your workplace, tennis league, or church? Hmmm. It sure sounds familiar to me! But, I’m not say’n who.

Back to the story… Rupert and Levi are just as different as different can be. So, one day, Rupert has had enough and tells Levi that he’d like to be alone for a while. Levi sulks away and doesn’t show up for school the next day. Rupert finds his school days without Levi to be pretty boring. Levi certainly did liven things up! Rupert feels horrible and sets out to remedy his problem with a corny joke. And we all know that Levi loves corny jokes!

Hannah E. Harrison illustrated this story with strong drawing skills as she personifies Rupert, Levi and their classmates in kindergarten-age clothes. The silliness of their classroom antics is captured expertly in the expressions of all the characters and reveal added nuance to the story in a gentle way.

Sym•bio•sis \,sim-be-‘o-ses, -,bi\ n

2: the relationship between two different kinds of living things that live together and depend on each other.

Friends Stick Together may just be what you need now that school is in full swing and your kids are getting to know – and learning to put up with – their classmates.

 

About The Author

Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.” He has illustrated over seventy educational books and eleven children’s picture books, one that he authored. When he is not working on books in his studio in Jackson, Mississippi, he is presenting exciting school programs that inspire and astonish students. His programs, listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster, encourage them to be creative in their reading, writing and art. For additional information about Chuck , visit his website: www.chuckgaley.com

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