The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend {Dan Santat}



K-2: Level K and DRA 16-18. (2014).

Caldecott Award Winner 2015

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”  – Winston Churchill 

In a magical land far away, imaginary friends live and eagerly wait “to be an imagined by a real child.”

Every night, Beekle waits and hopes for his turn, “But his turn never came.” But instead of wallowing in his situation,  Beekle decides to adventure “through unknown waters” to the “real world” of New York City.

The real world doesn’t meet Beekle’s expectations as it is indeed “a strange place.”  He looks and looks for a newfound friend, but once again no one came. It is a story of disappointment, and courageous pursuit in the spite of obstacles. Don’t worry a happy ending is in sight for our persistent little friend.

In the classroom:

  • Reading:
    • Discussing character traits, feelings, character motivation.
    • This book is great for making predictions and sequencing events.
  • Writing:
    • Students could create their own imaginary friend and write about him/her.
      • “What would it look like? What would its magic powers be?”
    • Students could write a how-to describing how to make a new friend.
  • Vocabulary
    • Courage: “But thinking about his friend gave him the courage to carry on.”
    • Discuss what it means to be courageous.

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The illustrations in this book are stunning, and Beekle is lovable from the very start.

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