Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Review of "How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together," by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers

 Review of

How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together, by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers

Five out of five stars

Persistent friendship despite differences

 Joe the bear is of course large, and Sam is relatively very small. When they greet each other, one must look high up and the other way down. They want to keep each other’s companionship, so they search for things that they can do together. Unfortunately, even though they find things that they like to do, in all cases they want to do the tasks in a different and incompatible manner.

 Finally, they discover that there is something that they can do together and that is eating ice cream at three o’clock. The book closes with the two eating their ice cream, Joe with very large glasses and Sam with small ones more his size.

 This is a delightful book of differences and how they can be resolved. Friends can approach and do things differently and still find something to cement the companionship. The text is simple and the sentences are short.

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