A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Some word repetition to encourage early reading, and lessons about being responsible and kind.
Explore your world. Make new friends who don't look like you. Limits are set for your safety.
Positive Role Models
Little Nutbrown Hare's mother is kind and encouraging, and the snow hare is friendly.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.