Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks

illus. by Giselle Potter. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Mar. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062573100.
PreS-Gr 2—Olive and Pekoe are very good friends, but they are as different as two dogs can be. Pekoe, a young puppy, is adventurous and curious. Olive, an older dog with short legs, enjoys resting. On their walks, Pekoe tries to rouse Olive into play. Olive appreciates the gesture but never joins in. It becomes clear that Pekoe has much to learn about life. Olive gives the pup the space to explore and wonder about all the things they encounter. On one outing, Pekoe gets into a tough situation. Olive rescues him, and "they sit together and enjoy the day as good friends do." This picture book highlights the joy that can be shared among friends when they respect and celebrate each other's differences.
VERDICT With its simple illustrations and accessible text, this title will delight young readers and help them to appreciate their friendships in new and exciting ways.

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