You Can Be a Friend

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A new children’s book written by parents extraordinaire Tony and Lauren Dungy! You Can Be a Friend is the first title in Tony and Lauren Dungy’s series of children’s books which feature inspirational stories that remind kids of the importance of family, friends, and self-confidence. In this story, Jade has been planning to have her birthday party at a water park, but her new friend, Hannah, is in a wheelchair. Now Jade has a decision to make: is it more important to keep her party where she planned, or to make ...

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A new children’s book written by parents extraordinaire Tony and Lauren Dungy! You Can Be a Friend is the first title in Tony and Lauren Dungy’s series of children’s books which feature inspirational stories that remind kids of the importance of family, friends, and self-confidence. In this story, Jade has been planning to have her birthday party at a water park, but her new friend, Hannah, is in a wheelchair. Now Jade has a decision to make: is it more important to keep her party where she planned, or to make sure all her friends have fun? Tony and Lauren Dungy present this subtly beautiful story, which will help any parent explain that having limitations can never limit the boundaries of friendship.

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Publishers Weekly
Dungy (You Can Do It!) teams up with his wife for a story about friendship that stars the Dungy family itself. Daughter Jade is excited when new neighbors move in next door, especially because it looks like a girl her age is part of the family; even before meeting her, Jade plans to invite the newcomer to her birthday party at a water park. But when the Dungys bring cookies to greet their neighbors, Jade sees that the girl, Hannah, is confined to a wheelchair. Jade later shares her concerns with her parents ("o I have to be Hannah's friend? She can't do any of the things that my friends and I do"), and her mother assures her that, "God made everyone, and we are all special in His eyes." After getting to know Hannah, Jade quickly befriends her, but she's still concerned that Hannah would be left out at the water park. Mazellan's lively, sun-soaked paintings realistically depict Jade's uncertainty in navigating a new social situation. Jade's independent decision to change her original plans for a greater good lends credence to this message-driven offering. Ages 4–7. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Jade likes to play with her brothers but is pleased when a new girl moves in next door. Hannah is her age and uses a wheelchair to get around. As they become friends, Jade wonders whether to invite Hannah to her birthday party at the water park. To better include her, Jade asks her parents to move the party to the zoo instead. Most pages have several paragraphs of text and realistic paintings of a close-knit, African-American family. The final page includes a note from the authors ("Jade's parents helped her to get to know Hannah because that's what God wants us to do. He loves everyone, and He wants us to love everyone, too.")—Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416997719
  • Publisher: Little Simon Inspirations
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 168,315
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Dungy

Lauren Dungy and her husband Tony Dungy are active members of a number of family, faith, and community-based organizations, including All Pro Dad, iMom, Fellowship of Chrstian Athletes, Mentors for Life, Family First, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Tony is a former NFL player and retired head coach of the 2006 Superbowl Champions, the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren Dungy are active members of a number of family, faith, and community-based organizations, including All Pro Dad, iMom, Fellowship of Chrstian Athletes, Mentors for Life, Family First, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Tony is a former NFL player and retired head coach of the 2006 Superbowl Champions, the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2010

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    the blessing of friendship

    "you can be a friend" is tony and lauuren dungys newest book and even though it is a childrens book it is for adults also for it teachs everyone the true value and the blessings of friendship and through the eyes and lifes of children and the greatest vslue of this book is that it shows us to look on the inside of people and look for the good in them and not the out word apearence this book shows that everyone has a gift to give no matter who they are. great gift to give a friend or family member.

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