Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Beth Ferry
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Unlikely friendships are often the best coincidence. Being lonely is no fun, but when Stick and Stone meet they make a great pair. Protecting each other, relaxing on the beach, and exploring new places are just a few of this duo’s adventures. One day, a storm hits and sweeps Stick away leaving Stone to search for his new friend. Stone eventually finds Stick stuck in a puddle and soon rescues his new friend. Stick and Stone may be sad alone, but their friendship is a perfect ten.
Stick and Stone is a well-executed, fun, and vibrant read for kids and adults alike. The story teaches that even two unlikely people can become the best of friends and bring joy to each other’s lives. Tom Lichtenheld’s art is beautiful and his colorful, loose style on textured paper adds to the simplicity of Stick and Stone’s friendship. This book is great for a bedtime read or an anytime read for all book enthusiasts.