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The Adventures of Beekle
Title: The Adventures of Beekle: An Unimaginary Friend
Author: Dan Santat
Illustrator: Dan Santat
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication year: 2014
Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and, at long last, is given his special name: Beekle.”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book could be used in a kindergarten class. Young children often have imaginary friends and this would be a great book to use to instruct children on empathy for children that are shy and don’t have a lot of friends.
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – The illustrations while Beekle is among the other imaginary friends on the island are colorful, while when Beekle arrives in the “real world” the colors are muted. My favorite illustration is the two-page spread where Beekle hands Alice his illustration. The illustration reveals the scene we the reader just saw, proving Alice is the friend Beekle has been waiting on. The text design is also a nice touch as it looks like a child’s handwriting.