________________ CM . . . . Volume XXI Number 10 . . . . November 7, 2014


No-Matter-What Friend.

Kari-Lynn Winters. Illustrated by Pierre Pratt.
Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014.
32 pp., hardcover, $17.95.
ISBN 978-1-896580-83-8.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 2-5.

Review by Janet Beauchamp.

*** /4


"Old dog. Sleepy dog. What do you see … when you lift your lazy lids and look at me?"



internal artNo-Matter-What Friend is a moving storybook which involves a young boy and his dog who have grown up together. The dog has aged while the young boy is still full of energy. The book has an appealing flow with rhyming sentences and interesting reflections on times past. While the story involves a boy and his dog, the relationship between the two characters could be applied to any friendship. There is a great opportunity to launch from this story into a discussion of loyalty and dependability.

     While the outcome of the story is somewhat predictable based on the title, young readers would enjoy the message, and the adults reading the story would be pleased with the teachable moment it provides. While I did not particularly like the illustrations, all three of my daughters did. My 10-year-old liked the book because “it teaches a lesson”, and she liked the “brush strokes” in the illustrations. My four-year-old liked the page without any words because she had to use her imagination, and my six-year-old felt the illustrations “looked like chalk drawings”. Overall, No-Matter-What Friend is a very touching story.



Janet Beauchamp is the mother of three girls, a high school teacher and teacher-librarian who lives in L’Amable, ON.

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