The author uses a rhyming format to tell the story of two friends, about eight years of age, and the decision of one to be trusting of the other’s strange behavior. He does not jump to conclusions when his friend leaves him abruptly that morning in shul after services without an explanation or even a goodbye although he is not sure what the odd behavior means. Has he been deserted? Has his friend made a new friend whom he prefers? Doubts assail the boy who has been left behind, but he chooses “to have trust that there is a reason why.” Later, though, he begins to worry. Throughout the day, his friend is not in any of the places the boys usually frequent. Without getting angry, he continues to wait for him in vain all day. The doubts return when he sees his friend from a distance riding a bike with balloons tied to the back. Still, he refuses to surrender to negative thoughts. He continues to trust that his friend, must have had a good reason to act as he does. And he finally learns that there is a delightfully happy reason for his friend’s behavior and they are able to rejoice together.
As the text and exaggerated facial illustrations show, it is best to remember the principle of “Dan L’kaf Zechus,” trusting that there is “a reason why” instead of getting all steamed up. This sweet story is illustrated with colorful comic-book type illustrations, which are well done. But why does this book need to have the same coated format as the laminated pages of books for tots and toddlers? These readers are long out of their highchairs. And is the rhyming format still appealing to older readers? Nevertheless, the book speaks to the reader and presents its lesson appealingly and well.
Recommended for ages 6 – 8.