Don’t Need Friends is appropriate for children age 4-8.
In Don’t Need Friends Rat prefers to keep to himself, he stays in his crate, on his side of the junk yard, declines dinner invitations from Raccoon, and often grumbles that he ‘don’t need friends.’ Then Dog moves in to the junk yard too. Dog prefers to keep to himself, he stays in his barrel, on his side of the junk yard, declines lunch invitations from Mouse, and howls at the moon every night. Until one very cold night when Dog doesn’t howl at all.
Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Retelling:
As you read Don’t Need Friends ask your child questions about what is happening. This will help to engage their interest in the story, and further their connection with the book. Once you have read through the book, ask your child to take a turn retelling the story to you. They will flip through the pages and use the pictures to give clues to what they are able to recall from the story. It is okay if they stray from the original story line!
Do this with your child:
February is a month full of promoting love and friendship. Don’t Need Friends is proof that everyone can use a friend. Ask your child who their friends are and what they like about them.
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