Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Danny Parker
Illustrator: Freya Blackwood
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Molly and Mae meet in the station waiting for a train and begin to play and explore. They settle near each other on the train and continue to have fun. Then feelings are hurt and they separate to their own seats. They realize that this is not as much fun and they miss each other, so they begin to build a bridge back to friendship with both of them making it work. Soon the fun is back, the journey continues together and they leave their destination hand in hand.
This book should be read by everyone who has ever had a breach in a friendship. The allegory of the train in different stages of a journey well describes the nature of relationships. This little story is a great reminder to all that no journey should end alone and that forgiveness is simple, but so important. The illustrations are in muted browns and retro brights, having a timeless quality that children will love and adults will remember. The ink outlines are loose and playful, giving a casual grace to the characters and background. There is a great deal of expression given in a few simple strokes. The word to image ratio is smooth and fluid and encourages time and thought on each page before turning to the next. It is a pleasant journey through a wonderful little excerpt of time.