Title: Friendly Day
Author: Mij Kelly
Illustrator: Charles Fuge
Love it! That was my first thought after reading Friendly Day, a colorful, rhyming picture book that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I really like books that are happy and make me smile. Friendly Day is all about friendliness…and kindness. I’ve discovered that kindness is a theme I often incorporate into my own writing. I believe children can never read enough books about treating others with kindness, respect, and, of course, friendliness. Still, as all the experts say, you don’t want to preach in a picture book, you want to teach kids in a way that doesn’t feel like teaching, but rather entertains. And Friendly Day does just that with its joyous, frolicking rhyme that rolls off the tongue, and bold, bright, super-fun illustrations of animals interacting with one another. I’ve just got to share the wonderful opening verse:
When Cat caught Mouse, outside his house,
courageous Mouse cried, “Hey!
Put down that plate and see the date.
It’s Friendly Day today
-a day for sharing, a day for caring,
when everyone is nice,
when Frog reads Snail a fairy tale
and cats do NOT eat mice.”
This book makes me wish there really was a Friendly Day!
But maybe every day can be Friendly Day…that’s even better. 🙂