Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are friends.  Really great friends.  This is a story about friendship and despite the differences between them, they appreciate the differences in each other.  I discovered this book at the end of last year while browsing in the bookshop where my son works and I simply had to buy it.  I don’t have small children, but the illustrations and the simple story drew me in and I wanted to share it with others.  This book by Aaron Blabey is a gem.

Friendships are a rich blessing indeed.  My husband gave a talk on friendship: “wisdom in friendship” from the book of Proverbs on the weekend.  I read this book aloud to the group and watched as this group of men and women engaged with the story, they laughed, they responded, they appreciated.  Who ever said that a picture book is just for children?  This book has a simple message that is profound – finding a friend is special and what makes that friendship so special can be surprising and unexpected.

I love these verses about friendship from Proverbs:

  • “A friend loves at all times”.  17:17
  • “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.”  27:9
  • “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”. 27:17


About sarahcondie

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, an ex-librarian, a minister's wife, a women's Pastor, a quilter, a reader, I enjoy thinking about things slowly, I love cups of tea, I love sitting at my kitchen table in dappled sunlight and chatting with my friends, my children's friends, my family abut anything and everything.
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3 Responses to Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley

  1. Alison Blake says:

    It’s so good to know you’re back and active in the blogosphere, Sarah, with all your thoughtfulness and perceptiveness (is that a word?)!

  2. Cath says:


    And it looks very nice 🙂

  3. Jenny Kemp says:

    I so agree about the power of picture books – they are wonderful for everyone. Some of the pictures are incredible works of art which say so much too.

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