Making A Friend (Tammi Sauer)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Making A Friend, written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Alison Friend, an adorable story about finding friendship.

Beaver is wonderful at making things: toy airplanes and dinosaurs, a lodge with a waterslide, even cozy socks. The only thing he can’t seem to make is a friend. With sincere gestures, he tries hard to befriend his fellow woodland creatures. It always backfires, however – his gifts never fail to unintentionally insult or upset the others. One snowy day, he decides to build himself a friend from the frosty stuff, striking the interest of a raccoon passing by. The raccoon points out that the construction would better succeed with two, and offers to help. The two spend the day building their snow-friend, eventually creating a creature with pizazz… but who doesn’t seem very interested in interacting. The two sit down to bemoan how difficult it is to build a friendship, then suddenly realize that they may have just happened upon the blueprints.

Pure charm. The story is adorable, displaying a classic sensibility the adds in some clever beats of humor and pathos, and warm yet snappy dialogue to keep it feeling fresh. The illustrations are colorful, full of energy and adorable, emotive characters. The length is perfect, and JJ loved it – she even learned what a beaver was! A lovely winter-themed tale of friendship that’s perfect for any storytime, and we recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!

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