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How to Grow a Friend
by Sara Gillingham


Overview - A lovely metaphor teaches valuable lessons in how to treat others and make friendships blossom Making a friend takes patience, care, and room to bloom just like growing a flower. Soon your little gardeners will have their very own green thumbs for this most important of life skills."  Read more...

 
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Overview
A lovely metaphor teaches valuable lessons in how to treat others and make friendships blossom Making a friend takes patience, care, and room to bloom just like growing a flower. Soon your little gardeners will have their very own green thumbs for this most important of life skills."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385376693
  • ISBN-10: 0385376693
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-6


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-11-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

Friendships, Gillingham suggests, need tending—just like plants. “To grow a friend,” she starts, “first plant a seed in good soil.” A page turn shows a close-up of a boy and girl smiling over a bucket of soil, into which a bird drops a seed. The children, just two in a cast of ethnically diverse friends-in-the-making, have rounded heads and wide, Betty Boop eyes, a retro look that will be familiar to fans of the author’s board books. There’s lots of movement and activity as water sprays from a sprinkler in dynamic curves and the children swing from a tree and race downhill in a wheelbarrow. Gillingham keeps the friends-as-plants metaphor going: “If a friend is drooping, do something sweet,” she advises, as the girl appears with an armful of flowers to cheer up the boy. The pair work out disputes (“Sometimes a friend bugs you”), make each other happy, and “grow” their circle of friends. Upbeat without glossing over the effort needed to see friendships through “rain and shine,” it’s a promising classroom readaloud. Ages 3–7. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (Jan.)

 
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