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You Can Be a Friend
by Tony Dungy and Lauren Dungy and Ron Mazellan


Overview - A new children's book written by parents extraordinaire Tony and Lauren Dungy You Can Be a Friend is the first title in Tony and Lauren Dungy's series of children's books which feature inspirational stories that remind kids of the importance of family, friends, and self-confidence.  Read more...

 
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More About You Can Be a Friend by Tony Dungy; Lauren Dungy; Ron Mazellan
 
 
 
Overview
A new children's book written by parents extraordinaire Tony and Lauren Dungy You Can Be a Friend is the first title in Tony and Lauren Dungy's series of children's books which feature inspirational stories that remind kids of the importance of family, friends, and self-confidence. In this story, Jade has been planning to have her birthday party at a water park, but her new friend, Hannah, is in a wheelchair. Now Jade has a decision to make: is it more important to keep her party where she planned, or to make sure all her friends have fun? Tony and Lauren Dungy present this subtly beautiful story, which will help any parent explain that having limitations can never limit the boundaries of friendship.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781416997719
  • ISBN-10: 1416997717
  • Publisher: Little Simon Inspirations
  • Publish Date: January 2011
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7
  • Dimensions: 11.25 x 8.75 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.89 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Special Needs
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Birthdays

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-02-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Dungy (You Can Do It!) teams up with his wife for a story about friendship that stars the Dungy family itself. Daughter Jade is excited when new neighbors move in next door, especially because it looks like a girl her age is part of the family; even before meeting her, Jade plans to invite the newcomer to her birthday party at a water park. But when the Dungys bring cookies to greet their neighbors, Jade sees that the girl, Hannah, is confined to a wheelchair. Jade later shares her concerns with her parents ("o I have to be Hannah's friend? She can't do any of the things that my friends and I do"), and her mother assures her that, "God made everyone, and we are all special in His eyes." After getting to know Hannah, Jade quickly befriends her, but she's still concerned that Hannah would be left out at the water park. Mazellan's lively, sun-soaked paintings realistically depict Jade's uncertainty in navigating a new social situation. Jade's independent decision to change her original plans for a greater good lends credence to this message-driven offering. Ages 4–7. (Jan.)

 
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