Cover image for Friends!
Scott, Elaine, 1940-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2000]

Physical Description:
40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Text and photographs introduce some friends and the activities they share and provide discussion of how friends can help each other, share secrets, and solve their disagreements.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 46256.
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PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Elaine Scott and Margaret Miller pair up again, this time to explore and explain a relationship of crucial importance to children as they grow out of toddlerhood and into the elementary years.

Friends! offers a warm introduction to the ups and downs of friendship, with natural pictures of a variety of friends at work and play. It's the perfect book to share with early grade-schoolers ready to grasp the fundamental concepts of how friends behave with one another and even the fact that it is all right to choose who not to be friends with. A note to parents with discussion suggestions is included in the Afterword.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Good pacing is the strong element in this book about friendship. A component of friendship introduces each section, followed by a question to the readers. For example, Taylor and Gabrielle like to share interests. Taylor shows Gabrielle how to make greeting cards on a computer; Gabrielle teaches Taylor gymnastics. Children then have the opportunity to think about what new things they may have learned from their own friends. Another main attraction is, of course, Miller's sharp, well-composed color photographs of children engaged in activities together. The models' natural poses and facial expressions add depth and texture to the text, revealing the sheer joy derived from friendships as well as the disappointment when conflicts arise. Although the book doesn't broach the subjects of possessiveness and boundaries, it is an excellent choice for an adult to share with a child, especially a child having trouble making friends. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Carefully constructed, this exploration of the dynamics of friendship will likely be most useful when read with an adult. Scott (Twins!) interlaces brief descriptive passages ("Friends trust each other and accept each other just the way they are") and questions ("How have you and your friends solved disagreements?") with staged scenarios√Ąchildren helping each other on their inline skates, squabbling over a board game and choosing which movie to see, as well as resolving stickier situations such as one friend wanting to copy another's homework. Scott outlines the situations in straightforward, lucid text and Miller (Where Does It Go?) stages them in clear, colorful photographs featuring a multicultural cast. But the overall note of artificiality may undermine its appeal to children; there's no spontaneity here. The backyard, bedroom and poolside settings, though varied, look sterile (and tidy) enough to seem like so much window dressing, and the subjects evoke the self-conscious cheerfulness of catalogue models. Still, this is a solid choice for a discussion-starter on some of the more challenging aspects of making and keeping friends. Ages 5-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This well-executed concept book by the author of Twins! (Atheneum, l998) explores the joys and dilemmas of friendship and encourages children to think about what they do in similar situations. Economical text sets the scenes and full-color photographs show various groups of racially diverse children interacting socially. The scenarios work through issues such as including a new person in a group, resolving disagreements, deciding whether or not to invite an unpleasant neighbor to a party, and being asked to cheat by a friend. The text explores options and readers are invited to respond to large-type leading questions: "Have you helped a friend during a bad time?" or "Have you ever told a friend `no' if they asked you to do something you shouldn't?" Younger children can respond to several issues here but more articulate and experienced readers will bring more to the table. A helpful note to adults stresses developmental issues, such as differentiating between tattling and constructive talk. All in all, a useful and thought-provoking addition.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.