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FRIENDS ARE FUN by Steve Henry


From the I Like To Read series

by Steve Henry ; illustrated by Steve Henry

Pub Date: Feb. 6th, 2024
ISBN: 9780823454785
Publisher: Holiday House

Having good friends is always OK.

Pete, a colorful parrot, lives alone on an island in the middle of the sea. Pete’s OK with this. A sign reading “Pete,” nailed to a palm tree, announces the parrot’s presence. One day, Turtle comes, asking to stay; Pete says OK, and the pair enjoy fishing together. Dog arrives next and wants to stay. Pete issues the usual response, though a trifle doubtfully, and the trio play companionably. Then Elephant comes. Pete agrees, looking even more skeptical—the little island is looking smaller by the minute—but all get along. What comes next? A storm. That’s not OK, but Elephant helps her friends, letting them nestle on her body when they’re blown off the island. The following morning, Elephant and Dog depart, and Pete invites them back anytime they want to return; Turtle remains with Pete on the island. Pete’s not alone anymore—which is very OK. A new sign—reading “and friend”—goes up under “Pete.” This cute, simple story will be great fun for children getting into the reading groove. Each page features just one, or occasionally two, brief sentences with predictable patterns. Emergent readers will hone their skills on basic sight words and words that use long and short vowel sounds. The dynamic illustrations depict expressive, wide-eyed pals and help focus attention on the spirited action.

A more-than-just-OK tale for new readers who appreciate lively friendship stories.

(Early reader. 4-7)