The Blessings of Friendship Treasury

illus. by Mary Engelbreit. 40p. Zonderkidz. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780310745099.
K-Gr 2—This treasury includes poems, famous quotes, and proverbs about friendship. Engelbreit's vintage, sewing-sampler illustration style lends itself well to this collection's theme, but not its intended audience. While each page could stand alone as framed artwork for fans of saccharine, flower-filled fodder, the work lacks appeal for picture book readers. Children will lose interest without anything more than the friendship theme tying the pages together. The quotes are from famous literary figures or the Bible or are listed as anonymous and likely will not resonate with young readers. For instance, a quote attributed to George Eliot reads, "Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." School and public library collections will want to use their limited resources on more enticing collections.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH
A collection of quotations, many anonymous ("Friends are kisses blown to us by angels"); poems (e.g., Shel Silverstein's "Hug o' War"); and Bible verses about the value of friendship is illustrated with Engelbreit's signature quaint, old-fashioned scenes of idealized childhood. Without any plot, and little real child appeal, this is a gift book for sentimental adults to give to their childhood friends.

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