Stick and Stone
written by Beth Ferry; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
2015 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Source: Orange County Public Library
Stick, Stone. A friendship has grown.
Stick and Stone each needed a friend. One felt like a zero and the other only one. Then they found each other. Their friendship was cemented by Stick standing up to Pinecone who was making fun of Stone. The two new friends enjoyed each other's company through several adventures. When a hurricane struck, the two were separated. Stone looked tirelessly for his friend. Finally, he found his friend in over his head, but he was able to rescue Stick and renew their friendship.
The. biggest. hit. in my kindergarten friends' classroom. If they gave an Oscar for best book, those 5 and 6-year-old students would give it to this one. What's not to love? A sparse yet very sweet text that combines a good story with clever wordplay can't help but be loved. Tom Lichtenheld's illustrations are always appealing with great facial features on his characters. The man made a stick and a stone lovable!
I can't imagine your preschool - 2nd grade students will not like this book. Feel free to let me know if this occurs, but I don't think I'll be hearing from you.