GROWING FRIENDSHIPS by Eileen Kennedy-Moore


A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends
Age Range: 8 - 12
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A how-to book for making friends, if clear and entertaining as well as informative, could be a very useful tool.

Many kids struggle with the myriad aspects of navigating the day-to-day complexity of interpersonal relationships. Combining real-life examples, attractive cartoon illustrations, and humorous commentary from a snarky cat and a friendly dog, this upbeat effort provides ample useful advice. Making friends and keeping them, dealing with bullying and distinguishing it from simple teasing, speaking up for oneself and others, being a good sport, figuring out how to join in a group activity (including choosing the right activity to join), and matching the tone of a conversation are just a few of the topics covered. The presentation is clear, reasonable, and specific enough to be practical, and it begins with very basic skills such as greeting others. Practice situations, including a couple where friends won’t take no for an answer, provide opportunities to try new skills in low-stress situations. This handbook is highly recommended for high-functioning autistic children as well as anyone who suffers from social awkwardness. The cover depicts both a white and a black child. The simple chapter format makes it possible to just practice certain skills without having to read through the entire work.

A fun handbook for any child who has ever wanted another friend but been uncertain how to accomplish that. (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: July 18th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-58270-589-7
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Beyond Words/Aladdin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2017


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