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Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
Got this free from Amazon First Reads because I was interested in the illustrations - cute and simple - but the story was too abstract with too many jumps between ideas. Also, as a "shy" child myself, I did not at all feel empowered or encouraged by the "friends" at the end of the book. As a former preschool and now writer/artist, I look for books that can be used in classrooms by teachers, but I don't know where I would put this one on my shelf. I based my lesson plans on books using the characters for social-emotional exploration and vocabulary to inspire conversation and real world connections. Abstraction is useful, like poetry, that allows the listener to discover things between the lines and develop imagination, but this book leaves me scraping the bottom of the bowl looking for something more. The ingredients just didn't seem to compliment each other. Three stars because it reminded me of a recipe that is okay, but needs a lot of tweaking.