Lessons from Books

4 Lessons from Two

Summary of Two by Kathryn Otoshi

Two is best friends with One. They’re are inseparable until . . . Three jumps in and becomes friends with One. Soon, Two feels replaced by all of One’s friends, and she feels her heart begin to break! Will she ever be friends with One again? Will One include Two into his new friend group?

Lesson #1: Never close your friend group.

In the story, One gained some new friends and soon his friend group was “closed” to any other numbers joining. This hurt Two as she watched the friends dance and joke with one another. From this book, we can learn that we should never close our friend group to others. We should have a group of friends that reaches out to those who NEED a friend and invite them to join us! Our goal should be to help everyone feel welcomed and loved in our friendship circles.

Lesson #2: You always have an attitude choice.

In the story, the odds and the evens are soon at odds with one another! It seems that the numbers are divided! Zero begs Two to step in and bring the two groups together, but Two feels that she is not important . . . that she is less than all of the numbers. Zero helps her realize that she has a choice . . . she can allow herself to feel less important and do nothing or she can realize that she is greater than that and step in to help. As a lesson, we always have an attitude choice. While a circumstance might disappoint us, we can choose to allow that disappointment to get us down or we can choose to not let the discouragement consume us.

Lesson #3: Be the one to bring friends together.

In the end, Two is able to step in and help the odds and evens see that they need each other. She helps them realize that they are stronger together rather than apart. Two becomes the peacemaker and brings the two groups together. As people, we should bring groups together and encourage harmony rather than stirring up arguments and division. Be the one to bring people together, not break them apart.

Lesson #4: Never underestimate the power of an apology.

While it was hard for One to admit that his behavior had been wrong, his apology was the first step in restoring the broken friendship between Two and One. In life, while apologies won’t always be the end all to a situation, recognizing your faults and admitting it in an apology is powerful and is the first step in resolving a conflict. Don’t shy away from an apology.

I hope that your children take these valuable life lessons to heart. While the story itself may seem silly, the lessons are deep and made easy to understand by the creativity of the author.

Happy reading!

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