Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Early Chapter Book With a Focus on Friendship

Early chapter books continue to dominate the week.  Today I have the start to a new series that looks promising.  I appreciated that it didn't minimize how kids feel when they are in a disagreement with a friend.  The best books remember how it feels to be a kid.

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Title: Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split

Author: Anica Mrose Rissi

Target: Grades 1-3

Series: Yes

What this book is about: 
Anna and Sadie have been best friends forever.  Anna can’t imagine a day without Sadie making her laugh.  But at Anna’s birthday party, Sadie starts a fight and now the two girls aren’t talking.  Anna would do anything to fix things and get her friend back.  As she implements her plans, nothing works.  Perhaps moving on, but leaving the door open for her friend when she ready, is the best plan of all.

Why I love this book:
I really like books that don’t sugar coat the difficulties girls have with friends in elementary school.  These friendships are important, and I think that as adults we often times forget how a fight or misunderstanding can feel so devastating for the kids involved.  

What I like the most about the story is the message it sends for fixing things.  At the end of the day you can’t change what someone else does, you can only be responsible for yourself and your actions.  Taking the step to move on, while continuing to be kind, is a wonderful lesson for girls.  I appreciated that  Anna made mistakes before she got things right and that the adults supported her but did not come to her rescue.

Who this book is for: 
Great early chapter book for girls who are independent readers but still need smaller pages, larger text and pictures scattered throughout the story.  

Final thoughts: 
Banana is not her last name, it is the name of her dog.  Ok, maybe I was the only one who was confused.

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