Friday Book Favorites: Unlikely Friendships


Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge is a young boy who lives next door to a nursing home. He is friends with all of the people who live there and visits them often. His favorite person is Miss Nancy and when she loses her memory, Wilfred Gordon goes on a search to find her memories. A quest to help his beloved friend turns into an inquiry into the definition of a memory. Wilfred Gordon learns the power of memories, and even more so, the power of being a true friend.

Flora and The Flamingo by Molly Idle

This wordless picture book won the Caldecott Honor and is the first in a series, which includes Flora and The Penguin and will soon include Flora and the Peacock. Humor and heart fill the pages of this book as these unlikely friends join together to perform a dance of friendship. Idle’s use of flaps and foldout pages allows the reader to interact with the story on another level, bringing the dance to life.

City Dog Country Frog by Mo Willems

While Mo Willems is typically known for his laugh out loud humor, his book, City Dog Country Frog, takes a more serious approach to meaningful friendships. He tells the story of a city dog who visits the country and befriends a solitary frog. The wonderful combination of Willems’ brief but carefully chosen prose and Jon Muth’s expressive watercolors will tug at the heartstrings of young readers – and older ones, too!

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff

The 2004 Tsunami left baby hippo, Owen, stranded and orphaned in Kenya. During his rescue and recovery, he developed an unlikely and amazing friendship with a 130-year old tortoise named Mzee. Owen and Mzee catalogs the true story of an inspiring relationship that blossomed despite tremendous differences and overwhelming obstacles.