Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Story About Friendship

One of the things I am most grateful for are the friends who have blossomed in my life over the years. It isn’t always easy to make new friends. I have watched new students in my class sit down in a corner looking anxious and a little lost. Usually this lasts about a day before they are enveloped by their curious and helpful classmates.

How to Grow a Friend, a picture book by Sara Gillingham, compares making a friend with planting a seed and nurturing it until it blossoms into a flower. It is a simple story that kids will enjoy listening to, although it will also resonate with adults. It even covers those times when you and your friend might be at odds and how you can work together to find a solution.

“Good friends make things brighter,” it says. And who can deny that when we find a friend--a really, really good one--the kind of friend that we can always trust in good times and in bad, that our lives don’t seem just a little bit happier. This book shows kids how to cultivate these positive relationships. It encourages them to create a whole garden of friends.

How to Grow a Friend is a celebration of the kind of friendship that sees the beauty in every human being even when they are different from you. It is appropriate for any young child, but especially for a child who might be nervous about making new friends.

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