Critters and Cloud Watching | How Pete Met Lizard #bookreview

Did you know clouds can taste like ice cream?

Did you know that clouds march along, following each other in a line, just like elephants do?

Did you know lizards and elephants can be besties? Me either. 🙂

BUT, imagine my delight when I saw Patricia Furstenberg’s new book How Pete Met Lizard! My eyes may have leaked a little too with happiness. Why? Because our family adores reptiles and we have 4 as pets. We love our scaly babies but, 99.9% of the time, the feeling is not mutual when we try to share our enthusiasm for our snakes and lizards with others.

Then along came Pete and Lizard.

Pete is an ordinary elephant with an EXTRA-ordinary gift. But he is alone in a forest where he suddenly found himself, one rainy afternoon. But Pete can always find the best in each situation. This is why he befriends Murphy the lizard since they both enjoy finding familiar shapes in the clouds. None of them is bothered by the difference in size or by how diverse their species are. On the contrary, they discover how similar they actually are. Friendship regardless differences. Friendship in diversity. A heartwarming read.

This story will teach your child that something magical can happen when you try to see the best in every situation. You make new friends… and discover that clouds do taste like ice-cream!

There is a sweetness about this book that in infectious and makes you wish the book could go on forever. Pete, for a baby elephant, is very wise and good at putting words to his feelings; feelings ranging from wonder to deep loneliness. I highly recommend this book for read-aloud times at home and in class!

Other books from the Happy Friends series share thoughts on being brave, moving to a new town, making the best of situations and exploring the freedom to Dream. The other stories in this series that include Lizard are:

About the Author

Patricia Furstenberg came to writing through reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. When she’s not writing Patricia likes to read, read, read, drink coffee and listen to music. One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.
This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children, and dogs in sunny South Africa. Patricia also wrote an amazing Huffington Post article about diversity in children’s literature and the need for events like Multicultural Children’s Book Day in South Africa.

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4 thoughts on “Critters and Cloud Watching | How Pete Met Lizard #bookreview

  1. This does sound like a sweet book. And a baby elephant, too? Who can resist? Thanks for sharing!

    I’m part of #DiverseKidLit blog hop. 🙂

  2. Dear Becky, I am so honored to be featured on your wonderful blog!
    So happy you liked the story of Pete the elephant and his friend Lizard. The two of them, together with their friends Little Tail the dog, Summer Wind and Squirrel go through quite a few adventures in “Happy Friends”.
    Wishing your readers a happy time discovering these sweet characters and a Blessed Easter!
    Kind regards,
    Patricia Furstenberg

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