This story almost made me cry, it was so sweet. A little girl, Lubna, finds a pebble when she and her father land and set up their tent. Lubna finds a felt tip pen and draws a face on the pebble. She and the pebble become friends, she tells the pebble all about her life, her family, and her worries. Soon, she makes a new friend, Amir. Together they play hide and seek and all sorts of games. Each night, Lubna tells the pebble that it is still her best friend. One day, her father tells her that they are leaving for a new home. Lubna and Amir are both sad, and Lubna doesn’t know what to do. She asks the pebble for help, and in the morning realizes what she can do. Before leaving, she gives the pebble and marker to her friend Amir, and explains that he can talk to it whenever he misses her. Then she leaves, bidding farewell to pebble. The book ends with Amir greeting the pebble.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone. I feel like going to get a pebble for myself! This book wonderfully illustrates how anything can be a comfort, no matter what it is. Lubna and her family had hardly anything, but she still found something to help her through her troubles. She even met a new friend, and was able to form a genuine relationship because of the pebble. When it was time for her to go, she was able to let the pebble go, because she knew that she could find another special friend wherever she ended up. This story was so sweet, I would read it again in a heartbeat.