Making and keeping friends is an essential childhood skill, which explains why there are so many picture books about friendship. For a book on friendship to stand out on the shelves, it must have something special. MAKING A FRIEND by author Tammi Sauer and (the aptly-named) illustrator Alison Friend fits the bill.
Beaver was good at making lots of things...begins this sweet book. But, like many children, he struggles with making friends. Beaver fails
in his attempts to befriend the other animals, perhaps because he's trying too hard or trying the wrong tactics, e.g., he gives birthday balloons to Porcupine!
When it starts to snow, Beaver sees the perfect opportunity to make a friendly snowman. He's soon joined by Raccoon, who's also in the market for a friend.
Can you guess what happens? It turns out that the snowman isn't as fun as Beaver and Raccoon had hoped. But in the process, the two animals discover they've made a friend in each other.
Aw! The adorable illustrations match the clever text and heartwarming message in this book about friendship that's perfect for young children between the ages of 3 and 7.
Resources for Teachers
Here are a few ideas for friendship-related classroom activities:
Say Nice Things. For younger kids, show a picture of each child, one by one, and have each of the other kids say something nice about that person. Compile the lists and hang them by each child's picture. For older kids, break the classroom into pairs and have sets of kids interview each other, using questions like: What am I good at? What could I help other kids with? What do you like about me?
We're Alike. Break classroom into small groups of about four kids. Ideally, kids who aren't already friends should be together. Have each group come up with four things they all have in common and then share with the rest of the class. For more great friendship ideas, see this article, which was the inspiration for the above ideas.
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