Ame Dyckman; Illustrated by Dan YaccarinoThis is a funny little story about the innate differences between people and robots. I think robots are just something little boys are naturally drawn to, like trucks and dirt. It's hard wired into their brains to like metal and electronics, so the idea of a robot best friend is most definitely appealing.
A boy was busy gathering pinecones when a robot casually approachs him with a pinecone for his collection. Boy meet Bot. They play together for the rest of the day. In the midst of a roll down a hill, a rock bumps the off switch on Bot, and he is immobilized. The boy is confused and concerned; why is his friend suddenly not moving or talking? He wrangles his new friend into the wagon and takes him home. He does all the things his mom does when he is sick: feeds him applesauce, reads him a story, and tucks him in.
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