Lucille Beatrice Bear knows You Will Be My Friend!

November 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

You Will Be My Friend! written and illustrated by Peter Brown; published by Little, Brown and Company, New York; 2011.

After her disappointment making a boy her pet, Lucy is back!  When she awoke today, she told her mom she was going to make a friend.  Unfortunately, Lucille Beatrice Bear is not the most subtle of characters.  Her overbearing insistence that everyone she meets must be her friend results in perpetual disappointment.  Will she ever learn how to make friends?

As any  parent of an overzealous child knows, making friends is a most delicate dance.  Maybe our exuberant friend Lucy can help our kids learn how to be themselves and let friendship happen.

Peter Brown’s combination of over-the-top story telling and art are engrossing.  The children I’ve read this to are always pointing out details or joining in with Lucy’s proclamations.  I loved the story, but the pencil, construction paper and wood illustrations are enchanting.  They have a woodsy feel, making us at home in Lucy’s world.

As I stated before, this is a great story to include with preschoolers, especially as they find themselves in battles for friendship (which are inevitable).  What kid can’t relate to Lucy’s abundant energy and stubborn resolution?! Another fun way to engage young listeners is to view the video interview with Peter Brown (who is the mysterious interviewer behind the camera?!) who discusses how he creates his books:

YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND, PETER BROWN! from Gwen Schroeder on Vimeo.

Don’t miss the author’s website:  And Lucy has her own Facebook page, parents, in case you’re interested! 🙂


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