THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY CANDLEWICK PRESS BOOKS, BUT ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
Reading is so important in our home. We love reading. Especially when the books teach us real life lessons and are things we can relate to! We recently read Will You Be My Friend? by Sam McBratney and we absolutely love it! It is a sequel to Guess How Much I Love You? Have you had a chance to read this?
One of the reasons that we loved this book is because it was so relatable as a parent. As parents we often get busy with day to day tasks or things, and we can’t play with our children. In those moments what’s a kid to do? Well, this book is about a little hare who went exploring on his own while the papa hare was busy. This is why I encourage independent play! Independent play allows children to be able to entertain themselves in moments like this. Setting up a play area helps to encourage the same independence that little hare shows in the book! This book is a perfect portrayal of exactly that, a little one growing into their own independence.
We move a lot. Like A LOT and often we say goodbye to friends that we never think we will see again, but when you build a great friendship it can be a long lasting and beautiful thing! In Will You Be My Friend?, a little hare goes off wandering and at first starts off being entertained by his shadow, and his reflection, but afterwards gets a little bored. Little hare then runs into someone that is real and he cannot believe it. It is at that moment that a beautiful friendship is created! Making a new friend is so fun, especially when you least expect it, and at the end of the book little hare introduces his new friend to papa hare. How sweet!
Another thing we loved about this book is the illustration. It seriously has such a beautiful and timeless feel to it. The illustrations have natural water colors which of course are my favorite colors. And there is a light flow to the art work. The tones are so airy and perfect! If you have not yet checked this book out, it’s definitely one you should add to your home library!
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