Book Review of Peanut Butter & Jelly Go Good Together
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Carlotta Lenor Washington
Ages 3+ | 32 Pages
Publisher: Palmetto Publishing (2021) | ISBN-13: 9781638370284
What to Expect: Friendship, Diversity and Inclusion, and Cooperation.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Go Good Together by Carlotta Lenor Washington is a heartwarming children’s book exploring friendship, diversity, and collaboration, in which two endearing characters, Dee and Carla, showcase the importance of embracing differences and working together.
In a preschool setting, the author presents Dee and Carla as friends with distinct characteristics—big eyes, cheery faces, and different skin tones. The plot revolves around a delightful moment where Dee, who is white, discovers a peanut butter sandwich in his lunch bag, while Carla, who is black, finds a jelly sandwich in hers. Rather than letting their differences separate them, the friends ingeniously switch a slice of bread from their respective sandwiches, creating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich they joyfully share. This act becomes a metaphorical symbol of their friendship, emphasizing that diversity enriches relationships rather than hinders them.
With a focus on the idea that true friendship transcends surface-level differences, the narrative skillfully navigates the innocence of preschool-age readers while subtly conveying a profound message about acceptance and unity. The story’s simplicity makes it accessible for story time with young readers, and the straightforward language also positions it as a suitable early reader book for early elementary-grade kids. The characters, with their diverse backgrounds, serve as relatable role models for children, reinforcing the idea that friendships are built on shared experiences and mutual respect. These universal themes make it a suitable addition to any child’s library, fostering a sense of understanding, empathy, and cooperation.
In conclusion, Carlotta Lenor Washington’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Go Good Together is a meaningful picture book that celebrates the beauty of friendship, diversity, kindness, and acceptance.
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About the Author
Carlotta Washington grew up with a stepdad who raised her right. She now lives with her Aunt Lee, who once told her that with success comes failure. Her godmother, her Aunt Linda, named her for success. Carlotta’s inspiration for her books comes from her many little cousins and one great-nephew.
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