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Children's LiteratureThough written in verse, That's What Friends Do is essentially a friendship instruction manual. According to the author, friends find you when you're lost, comfort you, welcome you, wait for you, forgive you, and help you face your fears. Cave enriches her simple language with several poetic devices, among them repetition and rhyme. Lightening the text, the artwork is bright and cheerful. The main characters are depicted as animals giving the book a more playful feel. Friends could be used by elementary school counselors in friendship groups or as part of classroom discussion. On first reading the book didn't impress me much, however every reading hence I have become more enamored with it. This book itself is a gift of friendship. I'll be adding it to my list of favorite gifts for children and using it as a token of peace for estranged adult friends. The message of friendship is important for all ages. 2004, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 2 to 6.
—Mary Helen Sheriff