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It’s fun to make friends and play with others, but it’s not always easy to do.

You have to make an effort, and you have to know the rules—like ask before joining in, take turns, play fair, and be a good sport. This book teaches the basics of cooperation, getting along, making friends, and being a friend.

Includes ideas for games adults can use with kids to reinforce the skills being taught.

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Overview


It’s fun to make friends and play with others, but it’s not always easy to do.

You have to make an effort, and you have to know the rules—like ask before joining in, take turns, play fair, and be a good sport. This book teaches the basics of cooperation, getting along, making friends, and being a friend.

Includes ideas for games adults can use with kids to reinforce the skills being taught.

Simple text discusses how to develop the skills to make friends and to learn to play with others. Includes role-playing activities.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Surely needed...I heartily applaud this important series.”—Jay A. Monson, Ph.D., Professor of Elementary Education, Utah State University

Children's Literature
Knowing how to play with other children and be a friend is an important social skill that needs to be taught at a young age. Cheri Meiners' book is a wonderful resource for a classroom teacher or a parent to support the emotional and social growth of young children and to reinforce the necessary skill of appropriate play. The book models different interactions and solutions in simple words with realistic illustrations. Presented in a gentle and positive way, this is a perfect read-aloud for a lesson about cooperation and friendship. Also, this book can be used as a reference when situations arise involving both positive behavior and problems relating to play. The large print, spacing, and familiar vocabulary make it ideal for the K/1 reader. An added bonus is an extra section at the end of the book for adults filled with extension activities. There are discussion questions, games, and suggestions for working with children to help them learn these important skills. Part of The Free Spirit "Learning To Get Along" series, these books assist young learners in understanding responsibility and having respect for themselves and others. A welcome addition to the library of anyone involved with the welfare of children. 2004, Free Spirit Publishing Inc, Ages 3 to 7.
—Arlene Connolly
School Library Journal
PreS-K-These offerings introduce children to the language and behaviors of positive social interaction. Each book has scenarios displaying appropriate responses to difficult situations. Be Polite encourages the use of words that show thoughtfulness and respect for others when asking for help, receiving gifts, apologizing, acknowledging when a friend does a nice thing, and expressing feelings. Join in shows readers different ways to welcome others and play cooperatively. In both books, speech bubbles emphasize appropriate language. A diverse, multiethnic cast of children and adults fills the brightly colored cartoon illustrations. Questions, activities, and games for extension of the skills presented in the narratives are appended. Useful resources for parents, teachers, and counselors.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575421520
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Series: Learning to Get Along
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 112,484
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.12 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author


Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., has her master’s degree in elementary education and gifted education. A former first-grade teacher, she has taught education classes at Utah State University and has supervised student teachers. Cheri and her husband, David, have six children. They live in Laurel, Maryland.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    Winning series

    My mom found these books to explain relationships to my 4 year old autistic son. It's simple wording makes it easy for him to repeat and understand. I feel this book (and others in the series) is a great tool for any child to learn the social cues of friendship. The tips for questions and games make the ideas in each book more concrete for children. Great ideas, great book

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