Age of readership: Ages 4-8 Genre: Picture Book Diversity: Friendship, communication and dealing with conflicts Illustrations: Text interspersed with word clouds showing conversations between cartoon characters drawn by Marc Brown author of the Berenstain Bears series.
This 30-page picture book teaches children how to be a friend. An important topic of bosses and bullies is also talked about in this book.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Dianne Ochiltree (Children's Literature) Subtitled "A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them", this useful title features the wise dinosaurs from the highly acclaimed "Dino Life Guides for Families" series. It addresses various issues surrounding friendship that can help children, as well as their parents and teachers, develop good relationship skills. Response to Two Professional Reviews: As I was reading, I wondered how accurate the advice/tips were that the book was detailing to children, which is why I find it interesting that one review says a panel of experts from education and psychology reviewed the text. I also find the information true and it can certainly be helpful to children, especially with the colorful and detailed illustrations that go along with the text. The little scenes of colorful illustrations on each page that offer examples are extremely helpful, and the section titled "How Not to be a Friend" is also useful in providing some non-examples for children.
Title: How to Be a Friend Author: Laurie Krasney Brown Illustrator: Marc Brown Genre: How-to Book Theme(s): Friendship, Acceptance Opening line/sentence: There are times when it feels good to be by yourself, enjoying your own company. (Horn Book) Professional Recommendation/Review #2: From the authors of Dinosaurs Die and What's the Big Secret?, here's a very practical resource about the ins and outs of friendship. The colorful illustrations add to the story by making it uplifting and encouraging for students to behave a certain way with peers. Consideration of Instructional Application: It is important for students to understand that in order to be a good friend they should learn to compliment.
It gives tips on how to keep friends, deal with bullies, making up after arguments, etc. The whole book is a guide to making friendships to keep. If a child was having trouble making friends, this book could help him or her socialize more. The pictures and comic aspect of the book help illustrate what making a friend looks like.
I liked this book because it is very helpful in discussing what a good friend is versus a bad friend. I like that it gives examples of each and solutions to different problems that may arise between friends. What does a good friend look like?
Grade level: K-4 Appropriate classroom use: This is a gentle friendly guide on how students could act. We could do learning stations/centers where the students can be with partners or in a group and go over certain scenarios and see if they agree with what happened, if they would do anything different and what they learned. Small group use: Literature circles could be used to discuss what is happening in the book and the students can also act out different scenarios and have their classmates pick out what was the right way to handle the situation and which was the wrong way.
It may not be a book children would pick up to read on their own however would make a great re-aloud story.
I think this is a very important concept that sometimes gets brushed over because we assume that children already know how to be good friends once they've made friends.
In the front, it uses illustration with kids' heads to tell Ways to be a friend.