Annie and Me by Sandra Hershenson

Annie and Me

By Sandra Hershenson

Illustrated by Barb Dragony

32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Utales

Olivia misses her BFF Annie. Annie moved away 8 months, 2 weeks and 4 days ago. Olivia wonders if Annie will still like her when they go to visit her. She wonders if she should ring the door bell to Annie’s new house. What if Annie isn’t her friend anymore? What if she forgot all the great things they did together? Olivia was very nervous to see Annie again.

This adorable book was published on uTales (an ebook publishing company). I was surprised when I read the book that some of the illustrations move and make sounds when you move the cursor over them! That was pretty cool and I think that young kids will really like that interactive part. I really liked the story because the feelings Olivia was having were very realistic. I think it would be a great book for any kids who had a friend move away and also for teaching kids how to deal with nervous feelings. I also liked the fact that the illustrations show friends who are from different ethnic backgrounds. I would recommend this book because of the great message and also the interactive parts of the book would be good for really young kids to start to learn to use the computer.

Five out of Five bookworms for “Annie and Me”!  

You can find more about Annie and Me at uTales and Ms. Hershenson at her blog “The Write Stuff.”

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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35 replies

  1. How awesome that you reviewed Sandi’s book, Erik! Great to know how much you liked it 🙂

  2. I am so glad you reviewed Sandi’s uTales book, Erik. Have you seen her second one? It’s very funny and you can learn some great yiddish words!

  3. Great review Erik! Love this cute book and the illustrations are adorable. A great gift for children who are losing a friend or family member because they are moving away or about to meet up with someone after a long time apart. Great for discussion and reducing anxiety. Sandra has a great website to.

  4. This is cool, Erik! I haven’t heard of uTales before, but I have been on Sandi’s blog lots of times. Haven’t commented and “officially” met her yet (that whole buggy commenting on blogspot with a wordpress account–anyone else have trouble with that?), but if you’re reading, Sandi, I do like to visit! *waving* Thanks for posting this, Erik!

  5. Hooray for Sandi and “Annie and Me.” What a wonderful theme for a children’s book. And the illustrations are beautiful. Thanks for reviewing it, Erik.

    • So happy you reviewed Sandi’s uTales book Erik! Like what they are doing. And, this is such a tough topic for kids having to move — especially military kids. You did an outstanding job of pointing out what was important. Great choice!

      • I’m glad you liked it Ms. Tilton! I feel sad for kids that keep getting moved around. I’m moving to a new school district and town soon (at the end of the school year) and I am a bit nervous.
        Thank you Ms. Tilton!

      • Thank you for your feedback Patricia. You are right, military kids could certainly relate to this. If even 1 child can find something to gain from this story, my goal will have been met.

    • I agree Kirsten, Barb did a fantastic job with the illustrations. She really captured the feel of the story.

    • It is a wonderful theme! The illustrations ARE beautiful! I’m glad you like it Ms. Larson!

  6. Sweet review. I like the theme of the book, simple and important for kids.

  7. Nice review Erik. You are an all gender reviewer. How nice.

    Thanks for the extra support during the April challenge. Loved your comments.

  8. Hey, this book sounds great! I’ll have to check it out, with the other nine billion book reviews you’ve given me 🙂

  9. I’m glad to see you reviewing ebooks…I’m always looking for recommendations. 🙂

  10. So happy you are reviewing ebooks from utales. Annie and Me is such a fun book. You made an excellent call! I would recommend it too.

  11. Wow Eric! Moving illustrations sounds cool! It sounds like a good story! 🙂 I’ve moved a lot so far in my life and I’m only 11 years old. So it’s always been me moving and not a friend of mine. Have you heard of Pottermore? I made an account of it! It’s like you’re in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! It has illustrations of the events from the chapters that move! You’d probably like it. It also has stuff from the author J.K Rowling!

  12. I think this is one of the great things about e-books, there is greater flexibility in terms of how the illustrations/artwork can be packaged (the animation aspect sounds exciting). I only have an iPad as my e-reader (no kindle) so there are quite a number of limitations and constraints. I am glad you enjoyed the book. 🙂 Looks really charming.

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