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Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

In an earlier post I mentioned that we acquired some new easy reader books that I really liked and would probably be reviewing on the blog.  Stick and Stone is one these books.  I'm not sure how I found it; I may have seen it on Amazon.  But it's one of my favorite books from this year.  I don't care that it's an easy reader.  I love this book.  I think both adults and children will enjoy it, and it also contains a great lesson for children.  Stick and Stone is written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.

You guys.  I.  Love.  This.  Book.  I've read it three times now (and I'll probably read it again too), and I love it every time.  The story is told in spare, rhyming prose, and the illustrations are lovely, interesting, and creative.  It's both uplifting and a little sad--stick and stone are both alone!  They don't have friends!  Then some pine cone comes along and starts bullying stone (who could roll right over pine cone and crush him to bits, but he doesn't), and stick sticks up for stone, and then an inseparable friendship is born.  Until a hurricane comes along and stick gets blown away--but stone searches for his friend night and day until he finds him and is able to repay him for standing up to that mean, old pine cone--because that's just what friends do.

I highly recommend this book--this is a must read for parents and their children.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie


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