Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Derek Anderson
Illustrator: Derek Anderson
Harry and Sam are friends. But Sam does everything better than Harry. Harry's feelings are hurt and he stalks off into the woods to do things by himself. Harry discovers, however, that things are not as much fun when he does them alone. Soon he misses Sam, and Sam misses him. Harry runs back to find his friend, and they reconcile their differences. Harry asks Sam to teach him how to do things better, and Sam shares his talents with his friend.
Being a good friend doesn't always come naturally. It takes patience and perseverance to overcome jealousies and competition that can arise in any relationship. This book is a darling way for children to discover this principle. Harry Bear makes a perfect example of someone who would rather be with his friend than feel sorry for himself. Sam forgives him without a second thought and never believes that Harry is any less of a friend for the things that he couldn't do as well. This is an excellent book to open a conversation on similar situations.