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Stick & Stone by Beth Ferry | 15-Aug-16

If you and your under-5 are missing The Poetry Library's Rug Rhymes you might enjoy this Staff Pick from our Poetry Library Open Day 2015.

Stick and Stone / text by Beth Ferry, illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

Just as the best animation films appeal not just to children but the adults who take them to the cinema and stump up for popcorn (Frozen perhaps being an exception to the rule...) I was won over by the picture book Stick and Stone.

This is a story about friendship, taking as its starting point the childhood rhyme ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones / but words will never hurt me’. Except in first-time picture book author Beth Ferry’s world, it is Stick and Stone who are lonely and looking for companionship, and Pinecone who is Stone’s tormentor. Stone sticks up for Stick and then “Stick, Stone. A friendship has grown” but their new life together is threatened by a hurricane. Will Stone ever find Stick again?

Accompanying Beth Ferry’s minimalist, humorous rhymes are Tom Lichtenheld’s bright and breezy illustrations, which use comic strip elements and make wonderful use of the construction paper they were drawn on. And the book ends with the most perfect visual pun. 10 out of 10 from me.

Lorraine Mariner
Assistant Librarian

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