I'm Sticking With You

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 12/13/2023
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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.

Keith Mbuya

After “whacking” a beehive while trying to get honey, Bear runs for his life as angry bees chase him down from the woods and into a river. When the bees leave, Bear comes out of the river and finds Fox, who had been watching all along, on the riverbank. Bear is surprised to hear Fox say he could have borrowed the bees' honey instead of attacking their hive. Bear is interested in Fox’s tricks and accepts Fox’s request when she asks him to stick with her so she can teach him more tricks. The two spend a lot of time together and before they know it, it is already fall, time for Bear to hibernate. Will Fox stick around and wait for Bear or will she find another friend? Find out in Fred Kahn’s I’m Sticking with You.

Fred Kahn’s I’m Sticking with You will have lovers of children’s adventure and picture books hooked from cover to cover. Fred’s choice of words will not only enrich your kid’s vocabulary, but it will also teach them a lot about animals and their unique behaviors. The colorful images beautifully complement the text, adding color to young imaginations. Fred adds a sentimental edge to the story, allowing youngsters to experience the characters’ emotions and understand their choices. Their traits are well brought out. Through the story, kids are taught how simple acts of kindness can spark meaningful friendships, even between people who might never have considered being friends. Such acts can also change people for the better.

Michelle Stanley

I’m Sticking With You is a children’s picture book by Fred Kahn. Fox and Bear became good friends when Bear got stung by bees. They went on exciting adventures together all around the valley. Bear taught Fox how to fish and didn’t keep company with the other bears as much as he did with Fox. They lit fires at night and snuggled together to keep warm. Fox showed Bear how to use the sky to navigate. They were inseparable until fall came and it was time for Bear to hibernate. Fox helped Bear dig his winter den but felt sad because she would miss her friend. She wondered if Bear would still play with her or want to remain friends once his hibernation was over in the spring.

What type of friends do you have? Are they loyal to you or would they neglect you if they hadn’t seen you for a while? I’m Sticking With You is a delightful children’s picture book with two adorable characters, Fox and Bear. I like the positive message that the author, Fred Kahn, conveys about being friends despite one's differences. Bear liked being with Fox and they learned new things from each other. They were caring and thoughtful of each other’s needs. It’s nice to have great friends to have fun with and ones who you can always depend on to make you laugh or wipe a tear away. I’m Sticking With You is a picture book with beautiful illustrations and is highly recommended for young children.