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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Let’s Be Friends by S.K. Cromwell is an animal storybook for children. Hortense the Horse was walking along a trail when she noticed Natalie the Woodmouse had a limp and offered to take her home. The two quickly became friends. Carlyle the Cow was grazing in Farmer Meyer’s barnyard when a fat juicy bug dropped on her head. Henrietta the Hen, who was searching for bugs, saw what happened and was more than pleased to take the insect off Carlyle’s head. Now they always dine together. When Marilyn the Meerkat could not reach the high places to be a lookout for her troop, Gerald the Giraffe offered to help by giving her a ride and their friendship grew.
Let’s Be Friends is a collection of short stories educating small children about the importance of being kind and doing helpful deeds for others. It’s a sure way to make new friends and strengthen the bonds with the ones they already have. In her stories, S.K. Cromwell demonstrates how different animal species of all sizes are able to get along with each other. She wrote this novella from her own travel experiences, growing up as the daughter of a career Army father. Her family regularly moved to new locations where she learned to adapt and make friends, many of whom she is still in contact with. The illustrations are great and I like the writing font used as it has a handwritten appearance. This novella is ideal for both classrooms and homes.