Eunice and Kate by Mariana Llanos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A very cute, little story about two girls who live side-by-side in an attached townhouse. The illustrations are lovely! I really appreciated a number of things about this story. Starting with the girls living in a city, in a shared basement dwelling. It shows that they are not rich. This point is then further emphasized when each mom gets a page describing what she does for a living (hairdresser and baker), and how they sometimes don't have enough money. Eunice and Kate feels very authentic right from the start. I suspect that many little girls (and maybe boys?) will have a strong connection with it. These are two normal gals with a home situation that many children are likely to be in. Whether it's having one parent, shared housing, or knowing they aren't very rich.
The story continues on to be about what the girls want to be when they grow-up. It's a wonderful story of friendship and how it's easy to see differences; but harder to see similarities sometimes. There's a strong moral here about friendship, and that being different from one another is a good thing, because we can always find some common ground and continue to be friends (even when we disagree).
A great book to pick-up. Short enough to be bedtime length to read to littler ones; but also easy enough to be read by those just starting to read aloud.
Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
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