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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Petar: An Inspiring Story About an Unexpected Friendship by Maranda Russell is the story of Petar, a boy with a disability and his story of friendship with Skyler. Petar joined his new school in grade 4 after Labor Day. He was always accompanied by Mrs. Jones, who had a desk next to him and helped him with his homework. Skyler and Petar slowly become good friends and, by the time it is Halloween, they are inseparable. He wants to play like his friends and enjoy life. Things change when Petar stops attending school as his doctors and parents feel that he should be home schooled due to his health problems. The 4th grade class students put together a scrap book for Petar to show how much they miss him. It's a beautiful story of bonding, friendship and acceptance.
I love the character of Petar. Readers will love him and his friendship with Skyler is enriching. It is a good storybook for kids and it teaches them to accept each other despite being different from each other. The theme of friendship and bonding is really touching and it teaches kids to love each other unconditionally, irrespective of their faults and defects. Both Skyler's and Petar's characters are lovable and very well presented. I would recommend this book to all young readers. They will learn more about friendship and how beautifully the class accepted Petar, who has a disability, into their midst without differentiating him from normal children. The story is indeed inspirational and uplifting.