School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-4 An unsuccessful attempt to describe the special relationship between four children and their adult friends. The first-person narration describing each relationship is not convincing, and the text is lifeless and wordy. The small, mostly flat photographs do little to induce prospective readers to pick up the bookmuch less read it. Readers would be better served by Terry Berger's Special Friends (Messner, 1979; o.p.), a photographic essay describing a ten-year-old girl and her friendship with an elderly, widowed neighbor. A Special Trade (Harper, 1978) by Sally Wittman and Charlotte Zolotow's I Know a Lady (Greenwillow, 1984) are both picture books for a younger audience, but they aptly describe the warm friendship possible between young children and older people. Barbara S. McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, Md.
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