Some picture books speak to the heart while providing evocative images to stimulate conversation between reader and child. The Word for Friend by Aidan Chase is one such book. Imagine if you would, moving to a new place and not knowing the language. What would an imaginative child do? Find a way through, with the help of another imaginative child. 🙂
What I am Reviewing
The Word for Friend is a 40 hardcover picture book geared for children 4-8 years old. Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, Aidan Cassie is the author and illustrator. This review is on behalf of Raincoast Books.
From the cover:
Kemala the pangolin is sure she’s going to make friends at her new school in her new country. After all, Kemala loves to talk. The kids at school like talking, too – but their words are all different. ….
At first, no one understands Kemala either. This realization makes her curl into a little ball … But a classmate helps draw her out with an art project that …. Soon, Kemala is learning the most universal language of all: friendship.
The Details of The Word for Friend
I really like this book. I do. The bright colours, the well-done illustrations, and the fantastic story. It’s a wonderful package. Kemala is a wonderful youngster wrapped up in her pangolin suit.
Her struggle is real. New community, new classmates, new language, and a new living situation. It’s hard for a child to adjust to so many new things.
“Let’s just go back home!” was the plea.
But…. a friend happened. It wasn’t easy, not being able to talk well, but through puppets and effort, a lonely pangolin learns. Until finally she sees a possibility. Can she and Ana pull it off?
Should you Get it?
The Word for Friend by Aidan Cassie is a darling book. Just as Little Juniper Make it Big was a great picture book, so is this one. You will enjoy reading this with your littles, and perhaps can even turn it an opening for your own theatre production! Now wouldn’t THAT be fun? 🙂
It’s also a great way to start introducing some Spanish into the lives of your little ones. Learn that amiko means friend, and build bridges to new friendships as well! 🙂