Katherine Applegate has written a book that we can all relate to, Crenshaw.
Crenshaw is a VERY tall cat that is the imaginary friend of Jackson. Jackson has not seen Crenshaw in a number of years and is very surprised to find him taking a bubble bath in his bathroom. Jackson is thinking that he is going crazy because who still has an imaginary friend at his age?!
We soon learn that Jackson's family has fallen on hard times and may become homeless, once again. Jackson isn't happy that things are not working out for his family. He likes his new school and doesn't want things to change.
Crenshaw is very outspoken and he is able to help Jackson put into words what he is thinking and feeling about all the changes in his family. Crenshaw is a very good friend to Jackson and is able to help him and his entire family, even when life gets hard.
I really loved this book because of the value of friendship that is shown in this story. Friends and family are important to each of us and I think readers ages 9 and up will enjoy this book.
After reading this book spend a little time writing a thank you note to a friend, drawing a picture of your imaginary friend or playing with your best friend.
Happy Daily Reading