Hannah E. Harrison both wrote and illustrate a strong story of friendship in My Friend Maggie. Maggie the elephant and Paula the beaver are best friends. By Paula’s own description, “Maggie’s the best!”
One day, fellow classmate Veronica mentions to Paula that Maggie is too big. Paula starts noticing other things about Maggie that aren’t so great. Paula wants to defend Maggie, but instead chooses to leave Maggie and play with Veronica instead. Maggie continues to seek out Paula, but Paula ignores her.
The tides turn when Veronica starts making fun of Paula’s teeth. Guess who comes to stand up for Paula?
Bullying is such a prominent issue plaguing today’s kids. My Friend Maggie is an appropriate book selection for ages 4-8 to aid in discussions about bullying and loyalty to our friends.