Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Patch and Ruby

Patch and Ruby
written by Anouska Jones; illustrated by Gwynneth Jones
2016 (EK Books)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

But sometimes he felt like he didn't quite fit in.

Poor ol' Patch the horse. He has a lot of friends, yet is still lonely. How so? He spends time with the hens in the morning, but doesn't fit into their conversations. At lunch, it's a meeting with Lily and her family of ladybugs. The spotted insects are nice, but horses and ladybugs don't have a lot in common, and they have differing viewpoints when it comes to gardening. Dinnertime is spent with Ernie and Edith which is lovely, but taking care of their little mice leaves little time to converse with a horse. Even her most special friend, a little girl named Sam, is busy with school and human friends. Fortunately, Sam sees that there is a problem, and she has the perfect solution. The possible problem solver is transported by a horse trailer and is named Ruby. Will this field provide a friendship for two horses?

What does it take to be a good friend? That's an important topic in K-1 classes. One element of a great friendship is time. You have to put in the time to be a good friend. Patch needed somebody who could spend time with him. With Patch and Ruby, you get a text that will spark good discussions and writing about friendship. It's also helpful to use for working on prediction skills and for teaching story structure. Young readers learn that most fictional stories have a problem and a solution. With a gently sweet story and engaging illustrations, you and your readers will want to make friends with Patch and Ruby.

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