I enjoy using this book because it is a nonfiction book. The students love the pictures! It is a long book for early kindergarten. So, I would always tell the story in my own words using the pictures. Later in the year when their attention span is longer I would read the entire book.
After reading the story I would put the students into groups of twos to complete a project. The students would work together to color the following sheet. Before releasing for the project we would talk about what it looks like and sounds like to be a good friend. While the students were working I would rotate around. Once the students were complete we would hang them in the classroom.
This is a great story of friendship! Kids love animals so it is a great way to begin teaching friendship and cooperation in the classroom. Enjoy!