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THE FRIENDSHIP BOOK by Mary Lyn Ray

THE FRIENDSHIP BOOK

by Mary Lyn Ray ; illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Dec. 17th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-328-48899-2
Publisher: HMH Books

Ray and Graegin (The Thank You Book, 2018) team up again for this tribute to friendship.

The text lyrically describes friendship: “Sometimes being friends begins all at once. // And sometimes it takes awhile to get acquainted. / But then, as some small knowing grows, you start feeling that feeling that comes with having a friend— // as if there’s sunshine in your pocket. / Or inside you.” Ray shares what a friend is, what friends do together, and that they can be alike or different. Things aren’t always rosy: Sometimes friends disagree or get mad (“But it doesn’t last. / Because they’re friends”), and one may have to be there for the other when “they need some extra sunshine.” When you don’t have a friend, it may help to think that somewhere, there is someone else just waiting to begin a friendship with you, and it may start with a simple, “Hello.” The small trim size and earthy tones of the cozy illustrations echo the subject matter, and Graegin again uses both anthropomorphized animals and racially diverse people to set scenes of friends enjoying time together. Still, while sweet, what advice is here is vague—this is unlikely to help children make/keep friends or cheer up the friendless or those missing friends who are far away.

A sweet celebration for those who don’t need to build friendship skills. (Picture book. 4-7)