Stick and Stone – Children’s Book Review

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From the Cover of Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry:

“When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation, they soon become friends. But when Stick get stuck, can Stone return the favor?

Stick and Stone will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart. Join the pair as they discover that best friends ROCK!

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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

The target audience for this book appears to be preschool age children through kindergarten (ages 3 – 5). While this book is intended for younger audiences, even our middle school and high school age kids seemed to have fun with this book intermittently during the tale. Parents too will have fun with the puns given periodically in the book. The book was naturally written to the general public. However, given that many foster/adoptive children have a difficult time making friends, this tale’s subject matter is of great use to families for discussion.

The illustrations by Tom Lichtenfeld add to the emotions and feeling of the story. They undoubtedly help the young reader to become engaged with the story and with such a young target audience this is a very good thing.

This book follows the journey of stick and stone. Two entities that are all alone. The story is a great asset for parents to talk about the qualities of a good friend with foster/adoptive kids.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. How do Stick and Stone feel when they’re alone? How do you know that?
  2. How does Pinecone make Stone feel? How do you know?
  3. Do Stick and Stone look alike?
  4. Do friends have to look the same?
  5. What do Stick and Stone like to do together?
  6. What do you like to with your friend(s)?
  7. Why is Stone worried about Stick after the hurricane?
  8. Do friends worry about each other? Why?
  9. How did Stick help Stone? How did Stone help Stick?
  10. How do you help your friend(s)?
  11. Did Stick and Stone ever give each other presents?
  12. Do you have to give someone a present to be their friend?
  13. Is it more important for friends to care for each other or give presents?

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