Author Liz Rosenberg and illustrator Matt Myers have created a delightful picture book about friendship. What James Said gives young readers a wonderful tale of best friends and their understandings and misunderstandings. It was published in 2015 by Roaring Brook Press.
Our protagonist is MAD at her best friend, James. Because…
“James told Aiden,
who tells everything to Hunter,
who whispered it to Katie,
who informed Dante,
who told it to Emily, Anna, and Declan,
who let Declan’s little sister in on it,
who told me,
that I think I am perfect.”
Sounds like a recipe for a big misunderstanding, doesn’t it?
And so it is.
This sweet story SHOWS young readers what happens when people spread tales to their friends. The subject of that talk usually gets hurt. AND the person who supposedly started such talk gets hurt, too.
But somewhere in the mix of the next day at school our protagonist figures out that what she heard wasn’t quite accurate.
You’ll have to read What James Said for yourself to see how the mess turns out.
I enjoyed this book and will definitely share it with my youngest grandkids. Sometimes they, too, need a little help figuring out the ins and outs of friendships.