Book Review: How Frieda the Snail Finds Her True Friend
By Gina A. Simon, LPCMH, MEd, NCC/NCSC,
Mrs. Simon is a licensed professional counselor of mental health, a former elementary school teacher and counselor.
Young readers will delight in this charming story of friendship. From the moment Frieda ventures out to find the perfect friend she dreamed about, to all the great friends she meets along the way, this story emphasizes one’s own self-reliance.
The text is organized in a clear consistent manner making it a fun easy read for children, as well as, a great read aloud. The authors’ use of rhythm and repetition with the story line allows the reader to predict further encounters and dialogue between Frieda and her new friends. Readers will eagerly want to turn the page to discover who Frieda will meet next!
From the book’s bright cover depicting all of the characters waiting to meet the reader, the illustrator effectively brings out their emotions, caring and concern they all have for each other, especially in their facial expressions and body language.
It is Frieda’s own self-reliance that brings her to the realization that one can look inside themselves to discover they can be their own true friend while also sharing that friendship with others. A topic that is helpful to children of all ages, “How Frieda the Snail Finds Her True Friend” encourages readers they possess the qualities enabling them to be their own true friend. As a licensed professional counselor of mental health, a former elementary school teacher and counselor, I recommend this story for parents, teachers, school counselors and therapists to share with their children ~a true keepsake for all!
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