Seth’s best friend, Jacob, broke Seth’s truck. Seth knows it was an accident, but still, it was his favorite toy! He tells Jacob to go home and not come back. He will just get a new best friend.
But when Seth goes to visit his neighbor, Grandma Grace, he accidentally breaks a lamp. Instead of getting...
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Seth’s best friend, Jacob, broke Seth’s truck. Seth knows it was an accident, but still, it was his favorite toy! He tells Jacob to go home and not come back. He will just get a new best friend.
But when Seth goes to visit his neighbor, Grandma Grace, he accidentally breaks a lamp. Instead of getting angry, she tells him, “There’s nothing I own that is more valuable than friendship.” Seth can’t believe she is so forgiving, and it makes him think about how he treated Jacob.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Seth and Jacob race their bicycles until Jacob crashes into Seth's yellow dump truck. Seth is not concerned that Jacob may be hurt, but is angry that his brand-new truck is broken. Although Jacob apologizes, Seth shouts, "You get out and don't ever come back." When Seth talks to his mother, who is shown in front of a computer, she asks, "Is that how you'd want Jacob to treat you?" Later when Seth accidentally breaks Grandma's stained glass lamp, Grandma surprises him with her forgiveness and concern for his well-being. The watercolor and pen drawings show that Seth is white with yellow curly hair. Jacob has brown skin and black hair. Pictures in cartoon balloons show what Seth is thinking. Seth's only apology is the act of knocking on Jacob's door. But all is forgiven. This title is part of "The Way I Act" series. Children may find this story a little heavy-handed. 2005, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 3 to 6.
—Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Two character-education lessons incorporated into stories. In Friend, Jacob crashes into Seth's toy dump truck while the two are racing their bikes and Seth is furious. Then, while visiting his grandmother, he accidentally breaks her lamp. She is not angry with him, and he realizes the importance of forgiveness, which leads him to Jacob's house seeking to renew their friendship. In the next book, Jason is asked to mail invitations to his grandmother's birthday party but on his way to the post office, he loses one down the drain grate. When Grandma's best friend does not show up on the day of the party, Jason realizes what happened and runs to Mrs. Wang's and asks her to come. Color cartoons fill the pages and enhance the mood of the texts. Young readers will relate to the simple plots, which will generate discussion.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497673267
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 8/12/2014
  • Series: Way I Act Books
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Edition description: Digital Original
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

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Forgiving a Friend

By Virginia Kroll, Paige Billin-Frye


Copyright © 2005 Virginia Kroll
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8075-0618-9


"I'll race you!" Seth shouted as he and his best friend, Jacob, rode their bikes up and down the driveway.

"Ready, set, go!" Jacob yelled. "I'm the fastest!"

Suddenly, Seth heard a crash. Jacob, his bike, and Seth's shiny yellow dump truck were in a heap near the fence.

"Ow," said Jacob, rubbing his knee and dusting off his pants.

Seth didn't say, "Are you okay?" He said, "Hey, you brokemy truck!"

Jacob said, "I'm sorry, Seth. I didn't mean it. It was an accident."

Seth scowled at Jacob and shouted, "That truck was brand new, and now it's all smashed up. You get out and don't ever come back!"

Jacob sadly got on his bike and rode home.

Seth barged into the house with a forehead of angry lines. He told his mom what had happened. "I hate Jacob," he announced.

Mom said, "I'm really sorry about your truck, Seth. But what if you had broken one of his toys? Is that how you'd want Jacob to treat you?"

Seth stomped his foot. "Well, I didn't break his toy. He broke mine," he said. "Now I need a new truck and a new best friend."

The next day, Seth played alone. It wasn't as much fun as playing with Jacob, but Seth was still mad. He was glad when Mom said, "Seth, Grandma Grace made strawberry shortcake, and she wants us to help her eat it." Seth enjoyed going to his special neighbor's house.


Excerpted from Forgiving a Friend by Virginia Kroll, Paige Billin-Frye. Copyright © 2005 Virginia Kroll. 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.
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