Text Talk Tuesday: Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley

Hello and welcome to another Text Talk Tuesday.

Today I’m going to share a wonderful story, by a fabulous Australian author/illustrator with you:

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Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey is a wonderful, heart-warming story. To give you a taste, I’m going to share the blurb with you (my Little Smarties are always asking to hear the blurb!):

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are the best of friends. But they are different in almost every way…

Pearl likes solving mysteries and moves rather fast in the world.

Charlie likes taking baths and watching his garden grow.

So how can Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley be such good friends?

This book is a wonderful tale of difference and the power of friendship. It is beautifully illustrated by Aaron Blabey (whose books are all stunning and sit among my favourites collection), and I dare anyone to read it and not be moved by the friendship of the outgoing Pearl Barley and the shy and unassuming Charlie Parsley.

One great activity to follow on from the task is to do a comparison of the characters of Pearl and Charlie – this is a great opportunity for a venn diagram!

If you click the image above you can download 2 venn diagrams – one comparing Pearl and Charlie, and one where students can work in partners and write down the traits that are uniquely theirs and then the things they have in common.

I cannot recommend this book enough, and I hope that there are teachers out there (or even parents) who give this book a go. I promise you will not regret it!

What are your favourite books about friendship?

2 thoughts on “Text Talk Tuesday: Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley

  1. I adore Aaron Blabey’s books! I first came across Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley on a teaching round and I adored it so much I bought a copy for myself 🙂 Stanley Paste and The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon are two books of Blabey’s I’m also very fond of (particularly the latter). Thanks for the freebie; I’ll definitely keep it aside for good use!


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