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The Children’s Book Review | January 27, 2017
Georgie Makes a New Friend
Written by Grandpa Lamaritz
Illustrated by Angela Brown
Age Range: 4-8
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Lanier Press (2016)
What to expect: Characters that don’t fit the mold, finding happiness, standing out
In Georgie Makes a New Friend, readers are introduced to a gingerbread man that doesn’t fit the traditional gingerbread mold. He doesn’t like to run and play tag and he definitely doesn’t like to taunt his pursuers to catch him. Though he looks like a regular gingerbread man, he actually likes to walk in the woods and smell flowers. Georgie spends his time in quiet reflection, until one day he happens upon a nutcracker.
Bartholomew the nutcracker is dressed like a soldier. He looks like a fearless mercenary, but when Georgie first sees him, he is picking daisies and blueberries. Bartholomew greets Georgie warmly and Georgie is surprised by how friendly and happy this stern-looking nutcracker really is. Thus begins a caring friendship between two ordinary characters with not-so-ordinary traits.
When the friends are captured by the sinister Toymaker they have to find a way to escape. The Toymaker is set on “fixing” them to make them the same as all the other nutcrackers and gingerbread men. He doesn’t want them to be different and can’t grasp that they might still be happy even if they aren’t the same as others of their kind. Bartholomew and Georgie hatch a plan to get help but the tension mounts as the Toymaker begins to “fix” poor Bartholomew. Will the steadfast friends be able to escape?
Georgie Makes a New Friend is a clever story about standing up for oneself and daring to be different no matter who tries to stand in the way. The need to lean on friends in difficult times is highlighted and the story teaches readers about the importance of being a good friend. This is a good book for beginning readers and also lends itself well as a read-aloud book for ages 4 to 8.
About the Author
Grandpa Lamaritz began storytelling twenty years ago when he invented bedtime stories for his granddaughter, Julianna. Lately he has been writing moral stories and bible stories for his church newsletter. Now he has begun a series of children’s books about a magical gingerbread man named Georgie and an equally magical nutcracker named Bartholomew. Together they discover truths about life in general and themselves in particular. Each story addresses a trait or habit that will help youngsters develop into happy adults who can handle most social situations.
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