Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Making Friends is an Art! - a bookwrap


"Making Friends Is an Art!"
by Julia Cook
authored by Bridget Barnes

*Ages:  4-8
* Grade Level:  PS-3
* Series:  Building Relationship Series
* Publisher:  Boys Town Press, 2018
* Paperback:  32 pages
* Language:  English

From the Publisher

Friendships are  very important when it comes to maintaining our emotional health

Help children become better at making and keeping friends:

  • How to break the ice with kids they haven’t met before
  • How to act positively with other
  • How to manage conflict constructively 

Editorial Review

Every Child or adult will be able to relate to at least one of the colored pencils in this story so artfully created by Julia Cook. Her book is picture perfect in showing all of us what it takes to build relationships and make friends. --Kristine J. Melloy, Ph.D., President Elect of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You to Enjoy

The Book

Brown, a pencil in a pencil box, realizes he is the least used of all the colours.  He hardly ever gets sharpened and is not asked to join in the fun when the others gather together to colour and play.  This makes him feel rejected, ostracized and lonely.  Why is he not accepted by the others?  

He surveys all the pencils around him and discovers that they all have specific talents that they share with each other.  

"Black looks out for everyone 
Yellow always does what's right.
Purple has hopes and dreams,
And White won't let us fight."

"Dark Green is very trustworthy.
Pink listens to everyone.
Light Green is always honest.
And Orange likes to have fun."

The colours blend their gifts together resulting in a happy, friendly community.  " Woke" Brown goes on a mission to find out what his friendship talent is so he too can contribute to the box thus bringing happiness to the others. 

He goes from pencil to pencil asking their honest advice.  Green tells him:

"Friendship is one of the most precious gifts there is Brown.  To have good friends, you need to know how to be a good friend."  

Will Brown discover how unique he is by being himself?  This might enable him to reach out to others giving them smiles and helping them in their needs?  

This heartwarming rhyming book teaches kids of all ages that friendships and getting along with others are very important life lessons to learn.  This title is the first in the Building Relationships series.  Wisely the author has included tips for parents, caregivers and teachers on how to help children who feel left out and are having trouble making friends.  I recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating:  5 +++ HUGS!

Meet the Author

JULIA COOK is a former teacher and school counselor who has written more than a dozen books on behavior and health for children, including The WORST Day of My Life EVER, My Mouth Is a Volcano, and It s Hard to Be a Verb. Her light, humorous approach keeps kids laughing while they re learning good behavior skills. She has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award.

About the Illustrator

Bridget Barnes has over 30 years of experience as a Health and Human Services professional. Before coming to Boys Town, Bridget worked with at-risk and abused families while pursuing a degree in Family Science.
She moved to Boys Town, Nebraska and work as Family Teacher for five years. Bridget joined Boys Town's Family Services Research and Development department to assist with creating what is now the evidence-based Common Sense Parenting program. She went on to obtain a Master's degree in Communication's Training and Development. She has relentlessly pursued the Boys Town mission to change the way America cares for children as a Training Specialist, Consultant, and Coordinator and now as the regional Director of Boys Town's Common Sense Parenting program. She has trained thousands of professionals and parents in the US and in other countries.
She is the co-author of the two award winning Common Sense Parenting books that have been translated into seven different languages and has been the content expert on numerous parenting products. As an experienced parenting expert Bridget is known for her skill in developing practical and effective parenting strategies. Bridget is well respected public speaker, a wife of 32 years, a mother of two and grandmother of six. In her spare time, she is an artist for children's books, an actress and loves to box.

Bridget is also a panelist host on the nationally syndicated talk show, Mom sEveryday.

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