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The Friendship Book

Magination Pr. Feb. 2021. 144p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781433832291.
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Gr 3-6–Moss provides a guide to friendship for young readers. Topics include making friends, social media, and how friendships can change over time. Each chapter offers an engaging quiz. These quizzes feel like an homage to the teen magazine quizzes that friends share at sleepovers. The text features relatable scenarios or scenes that readers might have experienced directly or indirectly. For example, the chapter “Surviving Disagreements” tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who was teased by her best friend because of how she played soccer in gym class. At the end of each scene, thoughtful questions allow readers to reflect. Many features in this title would be useful in a middle school advisory program. The friendship checklist or the first chapter with a discussion of circles of people in your life would be an excellent starting point for discussions. Moss covers a lot of important information about friendships for children who might be transitioning to a new school or experiencing friendships that have changed. The format uses simple geometric shapes and bright colors.
VERDICT A title packed with very solid advice for young readers. A resource for educators that offers relatable, modern, and reflective questions to facilitate discussions with students about developing healthy and long-lasting relationships with their peers.

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