My Bright Friend Read-Along

  • Read by: Kelly Nakatsuka
    Translated by: Sophie B. Watson
    Illustrated By: Marilyn Faucher
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:Empathy, friendship, sharing, solitude, parental separation
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  • Pub Date:11/26/2019
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Lexile:AD610L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:N
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A tender story, complemented by vibrant illustrations, that reminds us empathy and generosity are marvelous tools to overcome one’s troubles.

Now that his parents are separated, Ludo has two homes: one in the country with his mom, and the other in the city with his dad. The young boy doesn’t like leaving the countryside and his friends to go to his father’s apartment in the city, but he does find some entertainment in the flashing traffic lights on the street corner under his window. Ludo convinces himself (with the help of his father) that the lights are controlled by a tiny gentleman who sits inside the signal pole, flipping switches all day and night. Ludo starts sneaking out to leave food for the man, and he soon makes a new friend in the big city.

“Illustrations are lively and the colours fittingly bright and lush. The substantial text renders this a great picture book for older children, while still working as a read-aloud for younger kids. My Bright Friend quietly advances the notion that, more than overt lessons, kids need space to think, question, and imagine during sensitive times.”
– Quill & Quire
“Excellent. Highly recommended for a quirky, yet touching read aloud.”
– Reource Links
“This book would help any child dealing with their parents’ separating. It is an excellent choice for any elementary school library. Any family having changes in their lives may want to read this to celebrate new things.”
– Must Read Literature: K thru YA