“The Story of Fish and Snail” by Deborah Freedman is the perfect read for any child who has ever had a best friend that pushes them to try things outside their comfort zone. Fish, the more adventurous of the two, joins Snail every afternoon in the pages of his book. Fish tells Snail of all the wonderful stories he has read outside the confines of Snail’s regular book. Snail is happy as a clam (tee hee) staying put until one day Fish tells Snail that he would really like Snail to join him as he journeys to another story. Snail is scared and Fish is tired of waiting – and as you might have guessed an argument ensues. The best friends part ways angrily and Fish swims away and “plops” into the pages of another book. Snail misses Fish so much that he eventually takes the plunge and follows after Fish. In the final pages Snail realizes that trying new things can be just as fun as doing the things you are comfortable with and used to. It’s a precious look at how true friendship and courage help us all to grow.