Will You Be My Friend?

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Warm, happy adventure is sequel to beloved picture book.

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Educational Value

Some word repetition to encourage early reading, and lessons about being responsible and kind.

Positive Messages

Explore your world. Make new friends who don't look like you. Limits are set for your safety.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Little Nutbrown Hare's mother is kind and encouraging, and the snow hare is friendly.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Will You Be My Friend?, Sam McBratney's sequel to Guess How Much I Love You, is a warm, playful, story about the start of a friendship and the safety of home. Some repeated words can help early readers with sight words, and this great read-aloud book reminds young listeners that limits are there to keep them safe when they explore, and that being open to others can be rewarding. Illustrator Anita Jeram joins McBratney again, and her gentle, happy images fill the pages with soft colors and smiling animals on adventures.

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What's the story?

In WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND?, Little Nutbrown Hare is restless and wants to play, but Big Nutbrown Hare is too busy and says he can go play by himself as long as he doesn't go too far. He scampers off to explore and finds his own reflection, his shadow, and then a Cloudy Mountain Hare named Tippy. The two dig and chase and play hide and seek until it's time for Little Nutbrown Hare to go home, happy that he's found a new friend.

Is it any good?

This sweet little picture book is great for families to snuggle together and read, and a lovely reminder for early readers that caring adults set limits to keep them safe. Little Nutbrown Hare's confidence in both heading out on his own and in approaching a new friend to play can inspire young adventurers to do simple things like dig and play in nature, and to reach out to people they don't know. The illustrations in Will You Be My Friend? are delightful: bright, soft watercolors that bring a sense of happiness to the pages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their adventures that are like Little Nutbrown Hare's in Will You Be My Friend?. Where do you like to go when you explore outside? Do you meet new friends sometimes?

  • Why do you think Big Nutbrown Hare wanted to be sure Little Nutbrown Hare to stay close? What do you do when you want to go further than you're supposed to?

  • What other books about animal adventures have you read? Which are your favorites?

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For kids who love picture books and animal tales

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