About the Author
Anne FitzGerald is an internationally known artist and has written and illustrated over 200 children’s books. She is creator of Dear God Kids and many other children’s books and products. Anne works from her studio/gallery in Limerick, Ireland, and teaches art in Liberty Christian School there.
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How to Be a Friend
A Book about Friendship
By Molly Wigand, Anne FitzGerald
Abbey PressCopyright © 2012 Molly Wigand
All rights reserved.
Friends are great!
It's fun to be a kid in God's wonderful world.
Kids have fun things to do. Kids have awesome things to see.
Kids have families to love them, too.
Know what makes being a kid even better? Friends!
How many friends? Just a few is fine!
Some kids have lots of friends. Some have just two or three. The number doesn't matter.
The important thing is to have at least one friend to trust and have fun with.
Making friends isn't too hard once you know some simple tricks.
Pretend you're on the playground. You see someone who looks like fun.
Want to start a friendship? Give that kid a big smile. Maybe another kid is looking for a friend, too. Your smiles show that you would like to get to know each other.
What if you're feeling shy?
Some days, things aren't going quite right. It's hard to be brave enough to smile. That's when you need a friend the most!
Find a friendly-looking face. Take a deep breath and say "hi."
Keep practicing! It gets a little easier every time!
What do friends talk about?
Getting to know someone is fun.
Pretend you're going to write a story about your friend's life. Ask questions about your friend's family and pets. What's their favorite color?
Pretty soon your friend will ask you questions, too. Maybe you like the same things!
Join a group of friends!
Joining scouts, church groups, or teams can help you make friends.
Working together toward a goal makes friendships grow.
Coaches and leaders help kids make friends. And guess what? You'll make some grown-up friends, too.
People need people!
We all need some time alone. Playing on the computer and reading are lots of fun. But having too much "alone time" can make you lonely.
Make time to play with friends. Your mom or dad can help you balance "alone time" with "friend time!"
Working things out.
People are all different, and friends don't always agree. Maybe you want to play kickball after school. Your friend wants to paint or draw.
Tell your friend how you feel. Try taking turns.
You can work it out, because you're friends!
Excerpted from How to Be a Friend by Molly Wigand, Anne FitzGerald. Copyright © 2012 Molly Wigand. Excerpted by permission of Abbey Press.
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