A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Depicts friendships in an honest way and offers kid-friendly communication tips. With a light touch, it also teaches kids about dealing with surprises -- fun ones and disconcerting ones.
Amanda gives sincere answers to Alligator's questions, even when the answers may be difficult to hear. And she tells him that he was meant to be her best friend.
Positive Role Models
Amanda loves to read, and reads many different books, telling Alligator, "Books beat boredom." She is a good friend, and shows Alligator how to give good surprises.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this picture book contains six and a half chapters, in which Amanda and her toy alligator create their own fun and grapple with boredom, the nature of surprise, and what it means to be a true friend.
Is It Any Good?
Navigating friendships can be tricky for children, and this delightful book guides kids to cultivate honest and true friendships. The writing is simple but clever, engaging and humorous, and the cartoon-like illustrations set against stark white backgrounds are irresistibly cute.
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