Review by Jo Quigg, mum of two children aged 7 and 9
Stick and Stone
Beth Ferry, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (2018). Houghton Mifflin, US
Stick and Stone are on their own, until a chance encounter with a boorish bully (Pine Cone), inspires Stick to stick up for stone. The new pals head off on an adventure and discover that friendship really rocks.

Stick and Stone is a fun children's picture book, full of great illustrations and rhyming humorous writing.

The story is centered around a stick and a stone and the friendship that is formed when stick ‘sticks up’ for stone in the playground. Stone gets to return the kindness by getting stick out of a ‘sticky’ situation.

My two children, aged 7 and 9 years old, enjoyed this story and concept in the book. It would be well received from children aged as young as 2 - 3 years upwards. They liked the humorous way the story was written and the message of being a good friend, and the bonus was we all had a laugh together while reading it.

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