My New Friend Is So Fun! An Elephant & Piggie Book

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Simple lesson about old and new friends is so fun.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

As with any great beginning-reader book, many words are repeated, and there are lots of facial expressions and character actions to go along with the exciting story to keep kids reading. The exaggerated expressions also are a good tool to help kids with social delays decipher what the characters are feeling. 

Positive messages

Feelings of worry and jealousy are replaced by the simple joy of making new friends and finding ways to show appreciation for the ones you have.

Positive role models

Elephant is quite the worrier until he understands that Piggie is thinking about him, even when he's with his new friend. 

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that My New Friend Is So Fun! is another sweet installment in Mo Willems' award-winning Elephant & Piggie series for beginning readers. This one tackles a common social worry for kids just learning to build friendships. The usually inseparable duo have met new friends, and Elephant is worried that Piggie is having way more fun with Brian Bat and forgetting all about him. As in the other Elephant & Piggie books, the story's told in conversation bubbles and in the exaggerated expressions of the animal characters, making it easy for parents of kids with social delays to explore conversation tools and feelings.

What's the story?

At first Elephant and Snake are excited that their best friends Piggie and Brian Bat are out having fun. Then it occurs to Elephant: What if they're having too much fun? What if Elephant and Snake lose their best friends? When they go to find Piggie and Brian to tell them to stop having fun, Elephant is in for a surprise in the form of instant reassurance that Piggie's thinking about him, even when he's with a new friend.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Here we are at the 21st Elephant & Piggie installment, and the series is still going strong. MY NEW FRIEND IS SO FUN! isn't as insanely clever as We Are in a Book or Let's Go for a Drive, but it still focuses on an important social concept for the beginning-reader crowd. And it does it in a sweet way: throwing in a reminder for kids that one way of being a great friend is showing your friends how much you appreciate them.

As in the rest of the series, this one needs to be read aloud -- and at a high volume most of the time, to capture Elephant's hilariously extreme reactions. So it works as a bedtime read only if you lead with it and chase it down with a healthy stack of the quiet stuff.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendships. Why was Elephant so worried about Piggie playing with a new friend? Do you get worried when friends play with other friends?

  • What are your favorite Elephant & Piggie books?

  • Brian and Piggie find a way to show appreciation for their best friends. How do you show your friends that you think they're pretty great?

Book details

Author:Mo Willems
Illustrator:Mo Willems
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Topics:Friendship
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:June 3, 2014
Number of pages:64
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 5
Read aloud:3 - 5
Read alone:6 - 7
Available on:Hardback

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