A Friend Is...

S. & .S./Aladdin. Dec. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534465725.
K-Gr 2–This charming book provides readers with example after example of what makes someone a good friend: singing, giggling, jumping, wondering, complaining, appreciating. There are pigs playing, bunnies jumping, a dog and cat discussing the world, a rabbit nuzzling a mouse—every animal, no matter the size or shape, gets along with the others, because they are bound by friendship. Thiesing’s art has strong child appeal and reinforces the happiness friendship brings.
VERDICT Children could no doubt come up with their own lists of what friends can do together; this book makes for a sweet read-aloud that can generate discussion about social isolation versus being with friends.

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