Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A New Friend by Poppy Green -- ADVISABLE

Green, Poppy A New Friend (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse #1), illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. CHAPTER BOOK. Little Simon (Simon & Schuster), 2015. $5.99. Content: G.

Sophie Mouse's class has a new student: a snake! Sophie and her classmates have heard terrible things about snakes, so no one will play with Owen. But when Sophie realizes that Owen is feeling sad and left out -- despite actually being pretty nice -- she knows that she must be brave enough to be his friend.

This is a sweet, if predictable, start to a chapter book series. The lesson about not judging others because of their looks is a good one. So is the reminder that brand-new students may seem different, but they deserve friendship and kindness. The large font, small chapters, and adorable illustrations make this one accessible for newer readers.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist.

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