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Summary: Todd loved sharing time with each of his friends … until they decided he needed to pick just one of them to be his best friend. He doesn’t know what to do, because now his friends are fighting about whose the best. With the help of Hector and his ice cream cart, Todd solves his dilemma. This is a picture book with a lesson about friendship.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.3
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler quickly grasped Todd’s situation. Now, everyone she sees and plays with is a “best friend forever.”
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great way to get kids to understand that not everything has to be ranked first, second, third. Even better, the symbolism is something that every child who has favorite foods can understand.
Pros: The moral of the story is easily absorbed; and for some reason, when it doesn’t come from Mom or Dad, they “get it.”
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a bargain given its value. If you’ve got preschoolers, you’ll want this book around for a couple of years. The friendship lesson is one that needs to get repeated often, particularly once school is a regular part of kids’ lives.
Educational Themes: Although the moral of the story is pretty straight forward, there are opportunities to expand the story to talk about seeing people as individuals with questions, like what talents did Sophie have that Todd liked? What did Benny and Todd share in common?