Can friends fight and still be friends? This is the central question that is asked and answered in Ruth Ohi's delightful book...Highly Recommended.
Resource Links - Linda Ludke
This book makes a perfect discussion starter on friendship, cooperation and forgiveness.
The Muskokan - Maryleah Otto
A delightful way for little ones to learn about co-operation and saying you're sorry.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Girl has improved her architectural skills. Long gone are the days of a barn without a roof or door. One morning the three animal friends awake to an entire city constructed from blocks. The creatures are impressed, but Chicken believes it is incomplete without a leafy statue of himself. Pig zooms around and accidentally destroys the newly created image. "'I told you to be careful!' said Chicken. 'I told you to look out!' said Pig." Pig tries to rectify the situation but ends up accidentally leveling the whole structure. "'I'm a bad pig,' cried Pig, who goes to hide under the couch." Although Chicken, Cow, and even Dog are initially perturbed with this behavior, they come to the rescue, rebuilding the city while Pig naps off the distress. All is well in the end and friendships are restored: "'You're not a bad pig,' said Cow. 'You're a good friend who was in a bad, mad mood.'" An adorable story of friendship and the simplest of emotions, this book is a welcome addition to a well-loved series. Expressive illustrations with ample white space will appeal to children. Perfect for a lap read or sharing with a group.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
The trio of best friends is back (Chicken, Pig, Cow on the Move, 2011), but this time the problem they solve is of their own making. All three toys are impressed with the block city Girl has made, but Chicken declares it perfect only after he adds a chicken statue crafted from yellow leaves and red flowers. Meanwhile, Pig just can't contain his enthusiasm. Predictably, his zip-zooming wrecks Chicken's chicken. After the I-told-you-so's and Pig's failed attempt to repair the statue, a teary-eyed Pig runs off and gets out his manic energy in a few acts of derring-do that lead to the destruction of something much larger than a statue. Convinced of his innate badness, Pig hides under the couch. In the meantime, Chicken and Cow devise a way to keep Dog (who is real) from getting the blame. Pig's eventual apology and request to help rebuild the statue are heartfelt, and his friends reassure him that he is not bad: "You're a good friend who was in a bad, mad mood." While this may be true of Pig's destruction of the city, adults may need to address Pig's initial poor decision to run around. Short sentences and simple vocabulary make this accessible for early readers. Ohi's watercolors are as endearing as ever, watercolor strokes conveying the characters' every emotion. Ohi's toys keep getting more real with every outing--what new problem will they tackle next? (Picture book. 1-5)