Arlo Makes A Friend

Summary:

Arlo and his family have just moved into their new home. His parents are busy unpacking, so Arlo decides to go exploring. The adventure doesn’t start out well, as Boris, a snake hiding in a tree, starts bullying him. Then he bumps heads with Jack, a rabbit who was digging a tunnel just like Arlo … but from the other direction. At first they didn’t like each other, but then they decided they needed to work together to deal with Boris. And so a friendship begins.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Great illustrations and an easily absorbed story make this a great selection for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary students, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter instantly fell in love with Arlo.

Parent Reaction

Arlo is unique. For one thing, he’s an armadillo, and a cute one, at that. When confronted with fear or a need to protect himself, Arlo rolls into a ball … just as you would expect of any armadillo. Kids will see themselves in Arlo and Jack's dilemmas ... and get ideas on how to handle situations in their lives.

Type of Book:
This is a simply told picture book story about friendship, moving, and bullies.
Educational Themes:

The story and its sequel Arlo Gets Lost have natural “stopping points” where you can ask questions (prediction, feelings): how would you feel if your kite string broke? how can you help a friend when they feel sad? what can Arlo do to get home safely?

Reading Level:
1.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 7
Age of child:
Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. These are books with lessons that you'll need to come back to from time to time, and they will make a great transition from a book you read to one the kids will use to read themselves.

Title Arlo Makes a Friend
Author Wendy Wax
Publisher Sterling © 2008
Illustrators Adam Relf
ISBN 9781402747267
Material Hard Cover
Cost $9.95
Genres Animal Character, Easy Reader Series
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