Book Crush

I love when books introduce new concepts to kids. Here comes Be a Friend introducing 21st century kids to a 19th century craft, miming! When’s the last time you thought of mime? I don’t know either but it’s never looked cuter. It’s the story of a young mime who feels lonely because no one gets him. Then one day he meets a new friend, Joy, who shares his love of the imaginary. They play and spread the love of mime together.

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It’s really quite a striking book. Yoon uses subdued, minimal colors–just black, white and red accents. Only at the end when everyone plays together is there full color. The endpapers show various mime moves.

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All this miming got me wondering how easy it would be to teach miming to storytimers?

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I like the sweet simplicity of the illustrations and the clever use of color and boldface type highlighting important words. And this is the first use of “jazz hands” in a picture book that I can recall. Miming and jazz hands? That’s a picture book ‘do’! This is a great book celebrating the virtue of being true to yourself.

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Put this one on your list and read it!

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