Just finished reading 'Rita & Ralph's Rotten Day' by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Pete Oswald. This heartwarming picture book is a delightful exploration of friendship and resolving conflicts.
I had the privilege of hearing Carmen speak at Teacher's College, Columbia University, and her storytelling skills are truly exceptional. Her words about trusting ourselves and learning from everyone resonated deeply with me.
The story follows Rita and Ralph, best friends who encounter a disagreement and struggle to find their way back to each other. The repetition in the story captures attention and the illustrations are absolutely adorable. It's a highly interactive book that had my almost-five-year-old giggling along.
I highly recommend reading this book with a buddy, as it encourages discussions about friendship and the importance of saying 'I'm sorry'. The finger/hand actions included in the back of the book add an extra fun element, perfect for engaging young readers.
Overall, 'Rita & Ralph's Rotten Day' is a must-read for anyone wanting to explore the ups and downs of friendship with their little ones.