This book makes me laugh out loud! This tale of an inquisitive goose who is enthusiastically trying to gain the attention of an introspective bear reading a book reminds me of a young child trying desperately to gain the attention of an otherwise occupied adult.
Bloom does an amazing job conveying the story, despite its simple text. The reader (or listener) gets an excellent sense of the emotions with gooses’ energetic dialog as he fires off questions like “What are you doing? Are you reading? I like to read.” Coupled with the expressive illustrations, we can empathize with bears’ frustration as he tries to ignore the over exuberant goose. This heartwarming story captures the sentiment of friendship of this unlikely pair.
An ideal book for storytime, A Splendid Friend, Indeed! begs to be read aloud. The silly text lends itself to voices and the illustrations show well to large groups or lapsits. A must read story of friendship that you’re sure to love!
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