"You Will Be My Friend!" by Peter Brown is a great book to introduce the concept of "people reading" with your child. Some children seem to have more difficulty than others to "read" whether other children feel like playing or not. Peter Brown's story
introduces little Lucy--a spunky bear in a pink tutu. This picture book is illustrated stylistically to feel a little like a comic book. The story begins: "Lucy was very excited when she woke up. Mom! I've decided to make a new friend today! Isn't that exciting? That IS exciting, Lucille. But how do you plan on finding a new friend? Mom, the forest is crawling with fun critters. Surely ONE of them will want to be my friend. This is going to be GREAT! "(Brown, 2011). Lucy can't wait to find a friend so she can cartwheel, have picnics, climb trees, dance, and go swimming. Little Lucy is sure a zealously ambitious little girl. However, her exuberance turns off some of the other wildlife. Lucy first encounters a frog. With such frenzy and excitement, she jumps into the pond. However, the wild splash scares him away. Lucy climbs a tree to find a friend. Instead, she accidentally barges into a giraffe's breakfast. This encounter won't work either. Over and over, she tries to befriend a skunk, ostrich, and other animals. My favorite page is with Lucy in a pink tutu screaming amongst flamingos. "DOES ANYBODY WANT TO BE MY FRIEND?!" The story ends happily with a pink friend in a green polka dotted bow tie. Children will celebrate Lucy's patience and persistence. A bear and a flamingo may not seem to have a ton in common--but it works for them! Parents may chuckle at the tongue in cheek illustration of her new friend. His polka dot tie alludes to some possible flamingo quirks. Lucy is special, outgoing, and determined. A pink flamingo with a polka dot tie was able to see beyond her initial difficulty in connecting with others to find a perfect playmate.