Sally Grindley What Are Friends For?

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What Are Friends For?

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9780753451083: What Are Friends For?

Old friends, new friends, best friends, and schoolfriends...whether in the classroom, in daycare centers, at birthday parties, or at the playground, nothing, it seems, is a more important issue in a child's eyes, than the new bonds and friendships touching their daily lives. Figgy Twosocks and Jefferson Bear, two lovable and endearing characters, animate the timeless and universal theme of friendship and explore the elements that make their relationship so special -- playing, sharing, helping...and forgiving, in a warmly illustrated tale that will melt the hearts of children and adults alike.

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About the Author:

Sally Grindey is the award-winning author of over a dozen picture books including Shhh! (Andersen), winner of the UK's Children's Book Award, I Don't Want To (Little, Brown), and Wake Up Dad (Doubleday). Her novel Spilled Water won the 2004 Smarties Prize. Her titles for Kingfisher include The Kingfisher Book of Magical Tales.

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PreSchool-K?Figgy Twosocks and Jefferson Bear do all of the things that buddies do. They play together, they share, and they help one another. In addition, they exchange platitudes such as "That's what friends are for" and "A friend is forever." They also have a predictable fight and make up just as predictably. While this book could be effective in explaining the concept of friendship to young children, the story is not compelling and the characters are not very interesting. Only the superior artwork and page design lift this book to a level worth considering for purchase. The relationship between the small red fox and the big tawny bear comes to life in Dann's delightful illustrations. In one scene, Figgy Twosocks sits on the big stomach of Jefferson Bear, tossing blackberries into his open mouth. In another, a little white tail peeks out of a pile of autumn leaves during a game of hide-and-seek. Although children will find pleasure in turning the pages of this attractive book over and over again, old favorites such as Arnold Lobel's Days with Frog and Toad (HarperCollins, 1979) provide a more entertaining exploration of friendship.?Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA
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