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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Beeswing Makes Friends is a children’s picture book written by James Bruner and Elizabeth Stevens, and illustrated by Daniela Frongia. Long ago, before there were buildings and cities and the time we all think of as familiar, Beeswing played and danced and sang with his friends. He was a small, golden dragon, who, like other dragons, could breathe fire, but he rarely did. While he had lots of friends, his three most special friends were Fred, his teddy bear; Blinky Blanky, his security blanket; and Songbox, who had an endless assortment of songs that she sang. Beeswing’s friends would love to watch him sing along with her, because he’d often emit fanciful-shaped smoke puffs as he sang. One day, Beeswing, Fred, Blinky Blanky and Songbox were so very tired from their play. They all fell into a very deep sleep. When they finally woke up, they discovered a very different world.
James Bruner and Elizabeth Stevens’ children’s picture book, Beeswing Makes Friends, is a lovely fable that had me remembering hearing the Washington Irving story about Rip Van Winkle when I was a child. What if you fell asleep for years, and everything was changed when you woke up? This story will particularly resonate with kids whose worlds have changed, either because of a relocation or starting in a new school. Breaking the ice and making those first new friends can seem so hard for shy or even more gregarious kids. Reading this book at story time can be a perfect way to begin a conversation about making friends. Daniela Frongia’s illustrations are brightly colored and cheerful, and they work quite well with the story line. Beeswing Makes Friends is most highly recommended.