Friday, May 19, 2006

Book note: That's What Friends Are For

In this evening's stack of books (I get used books ready for sale, both for a bricks-and-mortar store and an online store) is a fun children's read-aloud or read-along book from 1968, That's What Friends Are For, by Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Worth Van Clief, illustrated by Brinton Turkle.

Theodore, an elephant who was going to meet his cousin at the edge of the forest, hurts his leg and wonders what to do since he can't make the appointment, and his friends give him advice, and more advice, and more advice, all of it unusable (for an elephant), but everyone agrees that giving advice is what friends are for -- until the opossum comes along, and corrects them, saying that friends are to help. He suggests they go get the cousin and bring him to Theodore. Which they do.

It's a cute story, with a bit of a lesson mixed in with the silliness. I like the illustrations by Brinton Turkle, but I see that the edition currently in print has illustrations by Holly Meade.

That's What Friends Are For
That's What Friends Are For

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