One day, Marley Mouse decides she wants to make some new friends, so she goes outside to explore. She visits many places near her home: a lake, a log, a big, red truck and a large mud puddle. Who knows who she might find in these places? She meets Sally Snake, Freddy Frog, Danny Duck, and Patti Pig—four new friends who are very different from her! They each have unique ways of moving, spending their days and talking. But even though none of the creatures are the same, Marley accepts them completely without hesitation and offers her friendship to each of them. Together they sing and play all day. Set near a farmyard, this colorfully illustrated children’s story speaks to acceptance and how friendship can grow in spite of differences. Marley’s story is a great way to speak with both pre-school and school-aged children about bullying. Bullying those who are different is never okay; instead children should be guided to appreciate and accept others as they are, just as Marley does.
Kim Heaton Ramsay works in the health-care industry and has spent her career helping people. Will You Be My Friend? is her first illustrated children’s book. She lives near Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband of twenty-seven years. Kim has two grown children, a son and a daughter.