Nothing’s Wrong!: A Hare, a Bear, and Some Pie to Share

Farrar. May 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780374312176.
K-Gr 2–This book gives new meaning to, “I’m fine, it’s fine, everything’s fine!” in a most delicious way. Anders has spent the morning baking a yummy pie for his friend Jeff to share during their upcoming picnic. Unfortunately, things do not turn out well when a rainstorm ruins the pie cooling on the windowsill. Rather than share the bad news with Jeff, Anders acts as if everything is fine. He hides his disappointment, but not very well. Meanwhile, Jeff can’t quite figure out what is wrong with Anders. Readers will be laughing out loud while learning the dynamics of friendship from two very different perspectives. Kraan’s illustrations add so much to the text. The charming characters will have readers rooting for all involved, especially when all the woodland creatures join in the fun. This book is a wonderful exploration of the complexities of friendship and the importance of understanding unspoken cues, which children don’t always grasp, but are keen to know more about.
VERDICT A gentle reminder for all ages that life’s ups and downs can be shared, this book is a welcome addition to any elementary library.

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