Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Megan Maynor
Illustrator: Rosalinde Bonnet
Ella and Penguin just want to be friends, but can they work things out if they like different things? Ella wants Penguin to do everything that she does, because friends do the same things. Penguin goes along for a while but realizes that he doesn’t necessarily like all the things that Ella likes. They then think that they can’t be friends because they don’t like the same things. After they are apart, they still want to be friends and realize that they don’t have to do or like the same things to be friends.
This book has a great moral that you don’t have to be the same to be friends. The book could be used to help younger children understand friendship and that you don’t have to like the same things to get along. The literature is not phenomenal, but it is simple enough for preschool and primary age children to understand. The illustrations are fun and exciting and will keep preschool aged children engaged throughout the story.