The Friendship Book

HMH. Dec. 2019. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781328488992.
PreS-Gr 2–In this book, Ray shows the development and importance of all types of friendships. She describes what a friend is, what it feels like to have one, and things you can do with friends. Endearing drawings feature animal and human characters enjoying one another’s company in a variety of ways, such as sharing snacks, reading books, and watching movies. Illustrations are done in a folk-art style on creamy paper and echo the book’s cheerful tone. Pastel colors are often used giving a dreamy quality to the artwork. The ups and downs of friendship are nicely captured in a smooth and sequential flow. This book can be used to illustrate the complex nature of friendship to young children.
VERDICT A book that encourages children to celebrate and embrace unique friendships of all kinds.

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