Most Unusual Friends: From Farmer’s Pete’s Pond

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Title: Most unusual friends: From Farmer’s Pete’s pond

Author: Linda Derby

Publisher: WestBow Press

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Paperback

Length: 37 pages


Slightly reminiscent of Wind in the Willows, Most Unusual Friends is the story of three pond animals, Don’t Touch Froggy, Eek the snake and a hearing-impaired salamander named Sal the Man-Deer. When faced with a calamity befalling their friend Eek, Don’t Touch and Sal take some brave moves to save him from a fire and sure death. As they later share their adventures with Truth, a beautiful and wise butterfly, she parallels their exploits with the story of the Good Samaritan. It’s a sweet story but when read to a five year old he said he liked the story but it needed more pictures and yes, it is rather text heavy.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Young children, preschool through early elementary

Christian Impact

Loosely based on The Good Samaritan, helping others and appreciating those that are different from us are some of the lessons being taught.


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Most Unusual Friends: From Farmer Pete's Pond

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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