Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Mark Lee
Illustrator: Chris Jevons
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Having a best friend isn’t always easy, but it is always worth the struggle. After an argument with his best friend, a boy tries to become best friends with a dog, a cat, a goldfish, and a hamster. Although they are fun to play with for a brief amount of time, he realizes they do not have enough in common to be best friends. My Best Friend Is a Goldfish teaches the importance of sticking with our friends through thick and thin.
My Best Friend Is a Goldfish is a sweet story of friendship that young children will enjoy. Beautifully illustrated with bright, imaginative drawings, the story teaches readers about how being friends requires work and cooperation. The main character of the story learns through trial and error that having a best friend means enjoying each other’s company, and resolving differences as they arise. This book is a good starting point for discussions about how to solve problems between friends and what to look for in a good friend. My Best Friend Is a Goldfish will help children learn to work to maintain their friendships.