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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite
I Miss My Friend And That's Okay is a children's picture book written by Shermaine Perry-Knights with illustrations by Olga Shelkunova. The book follows two friends, Grace and Kerrington, who are separated by distance, but keep their friendship strong through letters. Grace is in Italy, while Kerrington is in Fort Benning, Georgia. They talk about school, making friends, the places Grace visits in Italy, and their shared memories. The girls fear they will grow apart if they make new friends, but give each other assurance to remain best friends in their letters. Whether it's happy or sad information, they write about it in their letters, share pictures, and find solace in the fact that they have a friend who cares for them.
I Miss My Friend And That's Okay is a heartwarming story that showcases the power of friendship and the value of communication. I loved that Grace and Kerrington's story is told through their letters because it made the book more personal. The concept is unique, and it lets readers dive into the characters' thoughts and makes them feel their longing for one another. Shermaine Perry-Knights has highlighted keywords about Italian culture, cuisines, towns, and monuments throughout the book, which can be used for educational purposes. My favorite part of this book was the beautiful art that brought the characters to life. Little details like the paper airplane letters and the dandelions made the illustrations memorable and special. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves stories about friendship with a dose of geographical knowledge. Great work.