Save Your Friends!

Greenwillow/HarperCollins/. Jul. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062683151.
PreS-Gr 2–In this book, readers interact with a variety of ocean life as the big bully shark tries to eat their new ocean friends. Every time shark closes in on his prey the ocean animals implore the reader to help them, offering different interactions with every turn. As one creature is saved another needs to be rescued, until readers discover the reason behind shark’s scary habits. The plot is simple but engaging, and requires readers to look at all parts of the ocean picture. The vocabulary is also simple and stands out against the pages, making this book easy to read to large or small crowds. The illustrations are crucial to the story, as the text is one long piece of dialogue with the audience. The colorful characters contrast nicely against the ocean backdrop, allowing readers to see all the background interactions they might otherwise miss when saving their new friends. Kyung has crafted a very engaging and interactive set of characters, from seals to sea turtles, that show the depths of friendship and the deep blue sea.
VERDICT An interactive story to help teach young ones some creatures of the sea and how to help others

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