With a Little Help from My Friends

Little Simon. Dec. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534429833.
PreS-Gr 2–A young girl heads off to school alone with her guitar, but soon makes a new friend in this picture book adaptation of the classic Beatles song of the same title. The girls quickly form a lasting friendship until one moves away. Although they miss each other, the two continue to maintain their friendship through letters, phone calls, and shared artwork, and eventually have the opportunity to reconnect in person. All of this is clearly told through Cole’s endearing line illustrations, and in fact could have been presented as a wordless picture book. However, the classic Beatles lyrics effectively enhance the story.
VERDICT This is a lovely friendship tale that will be enjoyed by both young readers who already have best friends and those hoping to find a best friend of their own. Recommended for general purchase.

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