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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Chase is a lively dog who wants to make friends with everyone, including all the animals on Forever Dreaming Farm where he lives. His siblings, Bella and Marley, aren’t quite so adventurous, but Chase encourages them to follow along and soon they’re friends with the chickens, the horses, and even the pigs. Even though they all look different and have different types and numbers of feet, they can find lots of things to do together and they have fun. From chasing crickets with the hens, to playing in the mud with the pigs, life is never dull on the farm when you have so many different animal friends to play with.
Melissa Johnson’s picture book story, Making Forever Friends, is a charming story about animals on the farm. But it’s more than that, too. With a fun-filled plot and an adorable lively dog, Chase, as the main character, there’s lots to learn about life on the farm. The author uses this sweet story, told in rhyming verse to add to its lyrical charm, to teach young readers about the importance of friendship and acceptance and not judging others by how they look. Chase becomes a great teacher as he ventures around the farm making friends. Like Chase says: “Yeah, we know none of us look alike; it only matters what’s inside!”
Told in simple language so young readers can easily follow along and accompanied by bold, colorful illustrations, there is more to learn than friendship and tolerance. There’s even some simple math when Chase meets the chickens and they compare the number of feet they have: simple counting and solving a simple math problem of how many more feet the dogs have than the chickens. There are also interesting details about each animal, so the young reader can learn about farm animals. And, best of all, at the end of the book is a photo collection of all the animals at the real Forever Dreaming Farm. Love it!