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