Book Review

Stella and Charlie, Friends Forever by Bernadette Peters

Stella and Charlie, Friends ForeverStella and Charlie, Friends Forever by Bernadette Peters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Stella loses a friend and her mother goes on an adventure to Texas to adopt a scruffy dog named Charlie. Stella has trouble adjusting to sharing her space with someone again, but they become good friends in the end.

I love Liz Murphy’s illustration. Clearly the “mom” in the tale is supposed to look like Peters herself. This is quite clear on the pages showing mom singing and playing the piano while Stella and Charlie sing and dance. Unfortunately, the text of the story feels floundering to me. Is it a story about seeing the country, learning to share, or loss? While I realize a book doesn’t have to be about just one thing, it felt like it was trying to be a book “about” each of these three common themes in kid lit and that diminished it a bit for me.

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