I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Harry and Walter by Kathy Stinson
Published on March 15, 2016
Harry may be four and three-quarters and Walter may be ninety-two and a half, but that doesn’t stop them from being best friends. Harry loves to go next door to play games with Walter and draw pictures together. And when the snow falls, Walter clears a path to Harry’s house so that they can visit every day.
But one day, a For Sale sign appears on Harry’s lawn. Harry is devastated that he and Walter will no longer be neighbors. Harry’s new house is bigger and better than his old one, but without Walter to share things with, nothing seems to be much fun…until one day, Harry hears a familiar voice. Walter, too, has moved--to a nearby seniors’ residence. Now, Harry and Walter can still be best friends.
This book is so cute! Harry and Walter are next door neighbors. Harry is 4.5 years old, and Walter is 92.5 years old. They do everything together: ride their tractors, build snowmen, play games, etc. They are the best of friends. Until Harry's family moves away. They are both devastated until one day, Walter finds Harry because of the paper birds he's flying down from his tree house. Walter now lives nearby in a senior apartment complex. They discover that while people move, not everything changes. They're still best friends.
I really enjoyed this unique friendship story. In our society, the older generation is often forgotten. This book shows how the young and the old can bridge that gap and be friends. It's so sweet. Walter teaches Harry things in a gentle, encouraging way. Harry allows Walter to enjoy the fun of being a child again.
The illustrations are whimsical, and there is a good amount of text on each page. This book is a good read for kids ages 3-7. Goodreads suggests reading with a grandparent, but I think this is a fun read for anyone to read with a child.
My Rating: 4 Stars
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