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I remember as a kid that one of the most intimidating part of the school day was…recess. Unstructured time where you had to make your own way on the playground and find a friend. It was kind of tough for my introverted tendencies, particularly in elementary school, which has made me extra sensitive about it now with my own kids.
So I always like when I come across great books that address the topic of making friends in an memorable way. Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border is one of those books.
Peanut Butter has just moved to town, and is looking for someone to play with his new ball. He searches high and low for the perfect friend, but Cupcake is too busy making sprinkle castles, Hamburger is walking “the dogs” (hot dogs, that is) and French Fries is trying to “catch up” to Hamburger. He almost gives up, but the perfect friend finally comes along. They start to laugh and play, which attracts the rest of the gang, and they realize that they ALL go together like Peanut Butter and…well, you can fill in the blank.
The pictures are hilarious, the puns are groan-worthy, and the message is solid. Sometimes it takes a while to find that special “Peanut Butter and Jelly” friend, and that’s okay. But it’s also important to realize that everyone can have fun and “chuckle deep down in their bellies” together.