I Like Company (Me Gusta Compañia)
by Lynn Weiss, translated by Adilia and Charles Frazer

Koho Pono, LLC, 2011. ISBN 978-0-984-54246-8.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 12/10/2011

Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Relationships; Younger Readers

The bilingual I Like Company is a short (48 pages), simple and gentle instructional story created for caretakers and children from eighteen months to five years. On the most basic of basic levels, the story seeks to address the importance of bonding between children and adult caregivers—"I like company," i.e., "I like being connected to/having a relationship with someone else in a healthy, loving manner."

On one hand, I Like Company is a story for the very young, helping them to understand, through a repetitive singsong message, why they "like company." On the other hand, I Like Company is a tool for caretakers, helping them to strengthen bonding between themselves and children—however, without explanations that might help them understand why this is important. There are a series of learning objectives in the back of the book, but I felt they required further emphasis. While I feel I Like Company is a nice attempt, I'd like to see a meatier version, with intriguing illustrations and explanations of why attachment is critical for the psychosocial development of human beings.

In this reader's opinion (I teach the topic of attachment), I Like Company comes up short for both young children and adults. Bonding is far too important to be glossed over.

Lynn Weiss obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Santa Barbara in Multidisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Child Development and Affective Education. She spent forty years as a Psychotherapist & Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor, garnering vast experience with preschool children, childcare and family settings. She has written a number of books on ADHD. Visit her website.

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