It's been a while since I last shared one of my favorite reads, but I've been saving a good one for you.
'Don't Need Friends', by Carolyn Crimi, is the story about Rat. As you might imagine, Rat lives in a junkyard with an assortment of other animals.
All is right in Rat's world until one day his best friend, Possum, moves away. Poor Rat is heartbroken and pushes everyone else away, telling himself, "Don't need friends. Don't need 'em at all."
Not too long afterward big, grouchy Dog moves into the junkyard and Rat tries his best to remember his mantra...
Well, I'll let you guess the rest.
There's something so special about this story of unexpected friendship. Maybe it's the unexpected junkyard setting or the grouchy characters. Or maybe it's the way it teaches children (and adults!) that friendship is much more important than dwelling on the things that make us sad.
I guess all those reasons aren't really too important. All I know is that we love it. Who knows, maybe you'll love it too.