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Explores in words and pictures what friends are and the variety of friendships that we have.
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Explores in words and pictures what friends are and the variety of friendships that we have.
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"A humble, heartening offering good for sharing one on one or discussing with a group." Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2013

"In a relaxed, conversational tone, Simon explains the importance of friendship. . . .The vibrant, contemporary illustrations show school-age children at the beach, camping in the woods, and having fun at the fair." School Library Journal, February 2013

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
"Friends are important, all kinds of friends," this instructive book for young children begins. Grown up friends, old friends, new friends, and even babies can be friends. Friends like each other and play together. The picture shows girls in a tent reading together, kayakers on the water, and a boy and girl building a boat together. Pet friends show how happy they are to see you. The picture shows four dogs running to greet a boy coming in from outside. Friends love you, and you love them back. Sometimes friends get mad at each other and then make up again. When friends move away, they may keep in touch by writing, by talking on the phone, or communicating through the Internet. When in a new place, it may take time to make new friends. Having friends is important for everyone. The colorful pictures show active people of all ages doing things together. Their faces have funny-looking eyes and set smiles. The text and pictures encourage a discussion of friendship between parents and children. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In a relaxed, conversational tone, Simon explains the importance of friendship. Everyone has "all kinds of friends": other children, babies, adults, pets, and even toys. She tells readers that friends are usually happy together, but sometimes they get mad until they talk again and say, "I'm sorry." She discusses the difficulties of moving and saying good-bye to old friends, but that soon "you make one friend, two friends, and a few more friends." The vibrant, contemporary illustrations show school-age children at the beach, camping in the woods, and having fun at the fair. They are talking, laughing, and sharing. In an author's note, Simon discusses the social development of children, emphasizing the story's ultimate message that, "Wherever you live, whoever you are, friends are important." As children prepare to enter school and venture beyond their immediate family circle, parents and librarians may want to share this perceptive title, along with Russell Hoban's Best Friends for Frances (HarperCollins, 1994) to spark discussion about relationships and new social situations.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
Kirkus Reviews
In the same vein as her classic All Kinds of Families (1976; illustrated by Joe Lasker) and All Kinds of Children (1999; illustrated by Diane Paterson), Simon now offers an unassuming exploration of friendship. The text conveys information in a straightforward, simple way: People have all kinds of friends--children, babies, grown-ups and pets; we are happy to see our friends, and they are happy to see us; we love our friends, and they love us; having friends is important. Readers also learn that sometimes friends fight and that it can be difficult to leave old friends behind and make new ones when a family relocates. The realistic and richly detailed illustrations enhance and extend the prose. For example, when the text explains that sometimes friends get upset with one another and have to apologize to make up, the illustrations depict two children with bicycles, one of whom is clearly upset; his equally angry friend pedals away. Children will enjoy discussing what they think might have happened as well as how the children make amends. The illustrations also make the point that friendships can thrive across gender, age and ethnic boundaries, and children are sure to recognize themselves and others they know in the diverse array of characters that populate the pages. A humble, heartening offering good for sharing one on one or discussing with a group. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480435506
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Norma Simon is the author of over fifty books for children, including All Kinds of Families; All Kinds of Children; All Families are Special; and I Was So Mad! She lives on Cap Cod, Massachusetts.

Cherie Zamazing has designed many greeting cards and gift products and is now writing and illustrating books for children. She lives in England.

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All Kinds of Friends

By Norma Simon, Cherie Zamazing


Copyright © 2013 Norma Simon
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4804-2506-4


Children who feel trust in the people around them—through companionship, affection, patience, respect, and friendly attitudes—feel secure. They flourish and grow in friendly environments: places where people listen to what children say, where children feel like individuals who are liked and appreciated, where boys and girls enjoy positive experiences. Our first friends are usually the people in our family. People we meet and befriend outside of our family are people we choose; likewise, the people who befriend us choose us. We call this making friends.

As young children develop relationships beyond their family members, they usually expect and anticipate kindness and understanding. In new social situations, like nursery schools, preschools, and kindergartens, boys and girls adjust to the changes and transitions in their lives. Pretty soon, the classroom, the library, and other people's homes become new places where they like to be and where they interact with other children and adults.

The early years are a time when children encounter a great assortment of new people. They learn to recognize people whom they want to follow and imitate. They learn from other children and from grown-ups as their worlds expand. They practice skills like listening to others, making judgments, resolving disagreements in a peaceful and fair manner, responding to other people's feelings, and talking to each other.

Childhood's social explorations and adventures provide the self-assurance, confidence, and resilience all children need. This book is intended to encourage discussion among children and between adults and children about friendliness, unfriendliness, friendships, and all kinds of friends.

Do you have friends at school?

Do you have friends in your family?

Do you have friends you see all the time?

Do you have friends you see once in a while?

All of us have all kinds of friends

People like to have friends— children friends, grown-up friends,

old friends, new friends, all kinds of friends.

Friends like each other.

You like your friends.

Your friends like you.

Friends play together.

Friends share together.

Friends go places together, make things together, learn new things together, try new things together.

Can another child be your friend?

Oh, yes! Even babies can be friends with you.

Can grown—ups be your friends?

Oh, sure they can.

Most grown—ups like children and they want to be friends with them.

Can a dog or cat be your friend?



Excerpted from All Kinds of Friends by Norma Simon, Cherie Zamazing. Copyright © 2013 Norma Simon. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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