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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
I’m Sticking With You by Fred Kahn is a charming tale of friendship with adorable animal characters and stunning illustrations. Explore the value of friendship through the unexpected bond between Fox and Bear. It was just a normal day for Fox when she saw Bear running from a swarm of bees after giving their hive a whack. Helping a stranger soon turns into the start of a surprising connection between them. Their friendship is based on loyalty, acceptance, and fun, showing the difference that can be made by having someone there to look at the stars with you and even help you pick food out of your teeth. Someone who will always stick with you. The story explores important themes in the perfect read to share as a family and teach valuable lessons to children of all ages.
The illustrations are breathtaking with a charming atmosphere and adorable animal characters that help bring this world to life. The landscapes add a magical element. You can see the different personalities through vivid expressions and details such as Bear wearing a little hat. A sense of playfulness and adventure is incorporated into each page. This helps to keep the tone lighthearted, humorous, and fun. The story is heartwarming with a poignant message at its core that is perfect for children of all ages with characters they’ll be able to relate to and find commonalities with. The core message about friendship is that these two unlikely animals choose to be friends and see their differences as ways to learn from each other. Throughout events, they learn how to relate to each other and develop a touching dynamic that is a lovely example for young children on how to communicate, accept, and be kind to others. Bear and Fox didn’t know friendship between them could be possible and that creates an example for children to see how they can be friends with someone different. I’m Sticking With You by Fred Kahn is a feel-good story that is heartwarming and poignant with themes of friendship and acceptance that are perfect for all ages to enjoy.