by Sarah Ellis
Illustrated by Kim La Fave
October 1, 2015
Last time (A+ for Big Ben) darling preschooler Ben had to deal with being the only one in the family not getting a report card and feeling like a little kid. This time he has another challenge to overcome: the moving away of his best friend Peter. Desolate, Ben moves away too, under the table to become a caveboy, with only his teddy bear for companionship. There he eats with his fingers and plays with rocks, and responds to offered food with the occasional "guh." And, most importantly, he is able to to recreate his time with Peter in amazing petroglyphs that provide him with closure and appreciation for their friendship.
Best of all is the culminating picture and text that, without saying much, say everything, providing a hopeful future of friendship, albeit with someone of the opposite gender. A happy ending to a story that demonstrates that even the very young can work their way through difficult situations on their own and come out smiling. Ben has so much to teach all of us, even if he is just a preschooler!