Friday, March 30, 2012

Book #90: A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom

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This short book focuses on an unlikely friendship between a large polar bear and a very talkative goose. Bear just wants to think and write and Goose wants to do those things too! But Goose never stops talking, talking, talking. Bear is about to go crazy when Goose reads his note to Bear, “I like you. Indeed I do. You are my splendid friend.”

The text of this American Library Association Notable Children’s book is written completely in dialogue, mostly Goose, making this a fun story to read aloud. With the simple storyline and only two characters, this is a great story for toddlers and babies. It’s an especially nice book for bedtime, as it ends with lots of hugs.

The pastel illustrations create a wonderful sense of texture against the indigo background. The relationship between the characters is clearly defined in the illustrations. Even without the text you can see Goose attempting to mimic the increasingly exasperated Bear.

Play Charlotte Diamond’s song Love Me For Who I Am from her album 10 Carrot Diamond as people settle in for storytime or as a follow up after the story. It’s a song about loving friends for being who they are, not who you wish they would be, which is exactly what Bear and Goose learn in the book.

After you read the book, try using the fingerplay Two Little Friends. Additionally, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a great collection of rhymes, activities, and books to pair with this book.


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