Be a Friend
Story and Pictures by Salina Yoon
In February, we think of love and friendship. Silent Dennis is extraordinary--with a closetful of black-and-white striped shirts, white gloves, and black top hats, all inspired by mime Marcel Marceau. Dennis wears a red heart pinned on his shirt and expresses himself only through mime--he can act out anything. But Dennis is lonely; he feels invisible. One day, however, when he kicks an imaginary ball, someone catches it! Her name is Joy and she’s been quietly watching him. Readers will share their happiness as he and Joy play, laugh together with jazz hands, and finally turn an invisible rope for the other children to jump. Yoon’s lovely inventive story will appeal to many young readers, but especially to those who feel themselves different. When they see Dennis’s red heart pinned on Joy’s white and grey polka-dot dress, they’ll want to join the celebration, while adults can admire Yoon’s elegant use of black, white, and red.
2016, Ages 3 to 7
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.
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