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"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."
Summary: Maggie is very excited about starting Kindergarten, but Kate isn't so sure. When Maggie shares her teddy bear with Kate, a friendship starts to blossom. This is a story about helping others with fear and friendship.
Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story, learning to read, read aloud
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 4 to 6
Age of Child: Started reading at 3 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He wanted a second reading as soon as the first was finished. Now, it's a part of the regular collection that's in our preschooler's request rotation.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is sweet, but left a question mark. The author seems to be hinting at more than just kindergarten fears, because Maggie "recognizes" a sadness in Kate's eyes, and sadness and the need to trust surface later in the story.
Pros: The story is told nicely, and in a way that young readers will understand. Kids learning to read will find it a good practice book. The artwork draws on the talents of a sixth grader and gets kids involved in writing/publishing books!
Cons: There are just a couple of tangential thoughts that take away from the friendship story. How does Maggie know Kate needs to trust someone?
Borrow or Buy: Buy. All proceeds for the book benefit the Kangaroo Kids, Hospice Program for terminally ill kids. The story is sweet, and if there is a Maggie or Kate in your life, it will be nice for them to have.