Friday, April 10, 2015
Stick and Stone, written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Thomas Allen & Son. 2015. $21.99 ages 3 and up
I love these simple rhymes. When we first meet them, Stick and Stone are alone and lonely. Stick stares out at the ocean expanse. Stone gazes forlornly at the full moon. Stick is a one; stone is a zero. Neither likes being alone.
A chance meeting on the playground and an opportunity for Stick to defend Stone from Pinecone's rude laughter and nagging solidifies a new friendship. Stone is duly impressed with the help. Stick says that is what sticks do! Oh, and friends do, too.
Together, they embark on adventures full of fun and friendship. They have a grand time, helping each other when support is needed. When danger threatens to take Stick away, Stone must step up to the plate to find him and bring him home. After much searching, he does what best friends do.
"You rock, Stone," says Stick.
"That's just what stones do.
Best friendship rocks too."
Tom Lichtenheld is adept at creating warm expressions with dots and lines. His characters have great appeal and are sure to bring attention to their plight and their friendship. He also uses color to convey mood. Warm yellows convey feelings of camaraderie and happiness, while blues and deeper tones are used for the darker times ... the storm, the sadness of being alone in the world.
A perfect 10!