440th out of 572 books — 211 voters
by Helme Heine
Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse, and Percy the pig are the best of friends. They do everything together. They ride their bike together, play games together, and even do their chores together. Because that's what good friends do. When night falls, though, and it's time to go to bed, they learn that sometimes friends have to be apart. But that's okay, because true friends alwa...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Aladdin
(first published 1981)
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I was going to read this to my class for an essay idea on friendship. Now it's in the garbage. The idea was good: how to navigate the threesome friendship (which we all know is trickier than the twosome). But I couldn't get past one of the 3 main characters - the pig. On the book jacket he's referred to as "Percy the Pig", but all through the book he's "Fat Percy". One scene the friends give him more of the share of food because, well, because he's fat. Sorry, but I have several overweight stude...more
Apr 15, 2013 Haley Hamilton rated it 4 of 5 stars
This book could be used to show how students should interact with one another. It goes through friends that discover a problem at the end with not being able to stay overnight with each other because of their different animal habitats. It shows that you can be good friends, but sometimes have to be your own person too.
This is an excellent book to end the school year with. The overall theme is that sometimes friends have to be apart, but true friends will always find each other. The vocabulary may be difficult for kindergarteners, but the vocabulary can easily be scaffolded.