Friendship -- fiction
During the day, Abe practices his violin to please his Jewish grandfather. His African-American neighbor Willie works to be as good at baseball as his father, a starter in the Negro leagues. But at night, the two boys meet Across the Alley in this story by Richard Michelson. Leaning out their bedroom windows, they swap hobbies and share dreams, until the night they are discovered.
“You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.” -- Sydney, Saint Anything
When a bear cub outgrows his best friend's house, the boy thinks that it is time to find a new home for his friend. He only has one question, "Where Bear?"
The pair start on a home hunt of all the usual places where bears hang out. This includes zoos, caves, the circus, and even toy stores. Wherever they go, bear declares, "No."
Jumpy Jack & Googily are a real odd couple. One is a giant snail who happens to be dreadfully frightened of monsters. The other is, well, Jack's best friend! Despite Googily's sharp teeth, pointy ears, and appalling style of dress, these two are inseparable.
A fearsome, orange monster named Buddy is on a bunny-hunting rampage in Don't Play with Your Food! Though he towers over his unsuspecting prey, Buddy has trouble with his follow-through. These quick-witted bunnies distract him from his mission with irresistible activities such as baking cupcakes and visiting the carnival!
Sebastian and the Balloon is a must-read for young adventurers. Our title character finds little of interest on his street full of identical houses. Gathering everything he could possibly ever need, Sebastian takes to the skies in a patchwork hot air balloon made from his grandmother's afghans and quilts.
Boy + Bot are two very different friends who share the same love of discovery. Boy encounters the robot in the woods while collecting pinecones and asks to play. "Affirmative!" the robot answers.
"In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four little friends found a perfect place to play."
A zebra, a lion, a moose, and a sheep find shelter in a cave, but maybe they should have first asked The Very Cranky Bear. He chases the quartet out into the storm with a "ROAR!"
"Hello, My Name Is Ruby," a small bird exclaims to anyone who will listen. She may be tiny, but Ruby makes up for her size in terms of sheer friendliness. Despite differences in size, color, and species, Ruby asks each of them if they would like to be her friends.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole is exactly what it sounds like. Two boys start digging a massive hole to see what they might find. Such an activity is a tried and true milestone for any child explorer, but few make it as deep as this pair does.