There are things children need to know when making friends, like taking turns, sharing, speaking nicely, being kind, and forgiveness. These are important skills to learn. So in this week's blog post we are taking a look at books on friendship.
Herman and Rosie, by Gus Gordon
This is a beautiful story, set in New York about Herman and Rosie who don't know each other. This book is perfect for ages 5 to 9. A book about loneliness, joy, happiness, feeling down, and friendship. We really love this book and could read it over and over!
Click on the title or the image to read our book review.
Friendship is like a Seesaw, by Shona Innes
Friendship has its ups and downs. This book is really good at showing that to young children. For ages 4 to 7.
Friendship is a little bit like a seesaw. When a seesaw is even on both sides, it is balanced. But sometimes you might feel up in the air when your friend feels low. Other times, you might feel low when your friend is up. So how it is possible to get a balanced friendship...
Mermaid by Cerrie Burnell
Luka lives beside the deep silvery sea. He longs to splash in the surf and dive beneath the waves, but he can't swim. One day, Luka sees a girl gliding through the waves. He has never seen anyone swim so well. When her father helps her out of the sea and into her wheelchair, Luka barely notices it; all he sees is the light of her smile and the power of the sea in her eyes.
A beautiful picture book that children will treasure. For ages 3 and over.
Tottie and Dot, by Tania McCartney
Tottie and Dot are two little girls who live side by side. Life is very peaceful until one day the girls begin competing with each other to create the best house. As the story unfolds, jealousy takes hold and their competitive spirit gets increasingly out of control until ultimately, things collapse in a disastrous heap. Will Tottie and Dot realise the importance of their friendship before it's too late?
Each girl's house is shown over a series of exquisitely illustrated double-page spreads - Tottie on the left and Dot on the right. The detailed illustrations perfectly complement the simple story line and will provide children aged 4-7 with hours of entertainment, as well as a valuable life lesson!
The Playground is like the Jungle by Shona Innes
Playgrounds are a little bit like a jungle. When lots of different creatures come together in one place, things get really wild and adventurous. The playground can teach us how to get along with other and learn to be ourselves.
Rather than a story about a particular animal, this book talks about the playground (jungle) and the animals in it and what they do.
Readers are encouraged to take time to observe the behaviours and moods of others and to make wise and safer choices about play mates. The strategies promoted encourage tolerance and acceptance of interpersonal different and wise choices with respect to interpersonal safety.