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Are We Still Friends?

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Beatrice and Abel are the finest of friends. Beatrice raises bees. Abel grows apples. In summer, they gather sticky, sweet honey together, and in fall, they harvest ripe, red fruit. They make a perfect pair in every season, and so do the bees and the trees. Until one spring morning, Abel startles a bee--ZING!--and gets stung. "WHEE HEE HEE!" he cries. But Beatrice hears only the silly sounds and laughs. OUCH! Is their friendship strong and steady enough to weather the stinging words and messy quarrel that stem from misunderstanding? Friendship and nature form the perfect pair in this warm and winsome celebration of teamwork, ecology, and the art of saying "I'm sorry."

40 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 1, 2017

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Ruth Horowitz

8 books12 followers
I have worked as a librarian in a Catholic girls’ high school, raised two children, run for public office, taught Torah at a Hebrew school and served the causes of truth and grammar as a contributing editor at Vermont’s alternative weekly newspaper, Seven Days. I grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, and also spent part of my childhood in Paris. Since then I’ve lived in Los Angeles and Burlington, Vermont. I now live with my husband and write full time in Rhode Island. I recently completed a novel for adults.

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858 reviews112 followers
January 15, 2019
3 Stars!!

Bea and Able are neighbors and have been best friends forever. They share everything and look out for one another, until one day- a chain of events leaves them at a crossroads in their friendship. Will they ever get back to the way things used to be?

Are we still friends is a great example on learning communication. I think there is an important lesson for young ones to learn while reading this book. I thought it was a fun and creative book with beautiful illustrations. One in which, opens a door to a teachable moment with children.
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2,245 reviews3,563 followers
November 17, 2018
Are We Still Friends? is a simple story about a misunderstanding between Beatrice and Abel, a bear and a mouse. After their fight escalates, they both realize what's truly important and end up apologizing.

I wasn't that enamoured with this book, though I can't quite put my finger on why. Maybe it's the overly simple story; it lacks nuance, and the resolution is a little too quick and pat. Or maybe the illustrations didn't capture my imagination. I like how Beatrice and Abel raise bees and apples, and share the bounty with each other, but that wasn't enough to make me fall in love with the story.

I'm reminded of another book with a similar premise: What James Said by Liz Rosenberg. It's more realistic, and I love the illustrations. I think I'd recommend that book over this one if you're looking for a book about misunderstandings and apologies.

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Are We Still Friends?
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13.1k reviews271 followers
March 16, 2017
Beatrice and Abel are the best of friends, and spend their days gathering honey and harvesting apples. After all, Beatrice raises bees, and Abel has an apple orchard. It's a friendship made in Heaven since the bees and the fruit are dependent on one another. But even the best of friends can have a falling out, and one day Abel is stung by a bee. Thinking he is laughing about something, Beatrice mimics his reaction, and one thing leads to another, and the two exchange insults. A small war ensues with signs being posted and fences being erected and piles of junk being piled to keep the other one out. When the pile files, Abel comes to his friend's rescue, and they realize just how silly both of them have been. After all, the trees and the bees have paid no attention to their little conflict and have just kept on going about their business. Illustrated perfectly with watercolor, pencil, and digital artwork, this picture book would be a good title to share with youngsters as an example of how misunderstandings can occur as well as how to go about patching things up when you've inadvertently hurt someone. After all, good friendships are worth the effort. I like the fact that the friends trade reading material in the end with Beatrice reading Abel's Apple Pie Recipes and Abel browsing her The Bee Manual. Maybe they'll gain even more appreciation for the hobbies of one another.
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557 reviews19 followers
June 25, 2021
A well-put together story that teaches young ones on the importance of finding out the truth first before getting all worked up. I love the themes and ideas surrounding this book - the four seasons, nature (bees and honey, apple-harvesting), neighbours, friendships, emotions, lending a hand to someone in need, forgiveness. My children was engaged throughout the story and was upset that Abel and Beatrice quarrelled. They kept exclaiming, "No! No! That's not what he said!" and "No! She didn't mean it in this way!" I am surprised that this book seems so underrated, but that goes to show the difference in people's tastes and preferences. I would highly recommend this book to children 4 - 6 years of age.
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161 reviews4 followers
December 11, 2017
My daughter loved this book. It’s about two friends, Beatrice and Abel, the best of friends that had a complete misunderstanding, and instead of talking about it they jumped to conclusions, became angry and started to act out.

I think some of the words in the book went over her head but they did give the opportunity for me to teach her some added vocabulary. She’s 7 and was able to point out the adjectives and said the author used a lot of them lol. Overall it’s a cute little book. I would’ve give it a 3.5 but my daughter said a 5 so a 5 It is since it was a read for her
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Author 7 books5 followers
April 9, 2018
Children's picture book- Cute characters and illustrations. Themes of friendships, cooperation, and the power of apology to sustain relationships are threaded throughout the text without sounding overly preachy or righteous. It's not always easy to pull off those moral lessons in text. Well done, Ruth Horowitz.
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May 8, 2019
This is a cute book about friendship almost as an ecosystem - something that balances and requires check-ins and repair. I think there could have been a little more done to emphasize how the characters decided to come back together and apologize, but the concept is one that's helpful for kids regardless.
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3,151 reviews18 followers
September 4, 2018
While the book has a good message about forgiveness and friendship, the story is very text-heavy and lost my preschooler's attention. Part of the PJ Library collection.
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380 reviews
December 22, 2020
Oh, how a simple misunderstanding can spiral out of control! This book was adorable with a story of fixing a friendship with a backdrop of happy pollinators.
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