Henry and Bea

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Henry and Bea by author/illustrator Jessixa Bagley

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Neal Porter Books

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

A sudden wedge between two friends is created when Henry’s cat, a pet that was like a family member, dies. Instead of turning to his close friend Bea for support, he isolates himself from her. He is depressed. Bea feels confused. Up until this event, she and Henry were close friends. A found cat collar is overwhelming for Henry. He can no longer keep his feelings inside and confides in Bea. He learns to trust his friendship with Bea at a time when he is vulnerable. Illustrations are great for showing contrast in Henry and Bea’s relationship before and after his cat’s death. A good picture book to generate conversations about friendship and loss.

 

Stanley’s Train

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Stanley’s Train by author / illustrator William Bee

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company

Publication Date: August 1, 2019

In this picture book, Stanley and his buddy Charlie share train maintenance duties prior to picking up their friends. They take a day trip. Guess where they are going from the items they bring with them. My Book Eyes adored the turn taking element inserted in this story. Vivid colors allow distinct views of items in illustrations.