From the opening of the book:
I wake early, you sleep late.
My hair's curly, yours is straight.
I say, "Now!"
You say, "Wait?"
Will you be friends with me?
The book shows children in a variety of play, school, and sports settings. Throughout the text, children point out differences between themselves with the narrator asking the recurring question, "Will you be friends with me?"
In the middle of the book, the narrator observes that working together is better than being alone:
Let's play leapfrog.
Jump up high!
Maybe we will touch the sky.
We can do it if we try!
The theme, "It's okay to be different from one another" is clearly shown:
I like morning.
You like night.
We're just different
That's all right.
The concluding spread celebrates diversity and friendship.
The illustrations by Jo de Ruiter are cheery and friendly. Young readers will see themselves in the activities depicted.
Will You Be Friends With Me? will be a useful resource in the Pre-K classroom as well as a fun book for families to read together.
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