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Thursday 15 September 2011

Review: What Friends Do Best

From the author of Dinosaurs after Dark, What Friends do Best has beautiful illustrations full of amazing little details. It will have children looking at this even before it is read to them. 

At first the story seems to be about a cat called Winston. Building is what he does best. He has built a motorbike and a boat for his friends, Alice and Ralph. Now he is going to do something BIG. 

As it progresses, two themes emerge. We see Winston learning how to persevere at things and Alice and Ralph show him what true friendship is. Winston learns that not everything can be done on your own and sometimes you need your friends to do what friends do best. 

In the end, Winston does get his BIG thing built.

The next day, Winston started sorting through the smaller pieces. Some of the pieces were very tiny and difficult to find.

'Can I help?' asked Alice.

'I'm good at finding small things.'

'It's alright', said Winston.

'I can do it myself'.

But some of the pieces were so tiny that Winston couldn't find them at all.

Altogether a lovely read with a wonderfully satisfying ending.

- this review by brand new KBR contributor, Susan Francis!

Title: What Friends Do Best
Author/Illustrator: Jonathan Emmett and Nathan Reed
Publisher: HarperCollins, A$14.99
Publication Date: September 2005
ISBN: 9780007141210
Format: Soft cover
For ages: 3-5
Type: Picture Book