Cover image for How to grow a friend
Title:
How to grow a friend
Author:
Gillingham, Sara, author, illustrator.
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2015]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
"Friendship advice given as gardening tips"--
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 171837.
ISBN:
9780385376693

9780375973253
Format :
Book

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Summary

A lovely metaphor teaches valuable lessons in how to treat others and make friendships blossom! Making a friend takes patience, care, and room to bloom-just like growing a flower. Soon your little gardeners will have their very own green thumbs for this most important of life skills.


Author Notes

SARA GILLINGHAM is an award-winning art director and designer. In addition to developing her own books and gifts, Sara's studio provides art direction and design services for the children's publishing and gift industries. Sara has worked with some of the most distinguished illustrators in the field and has designed and art-directed hundreds of books and gift products, many for Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where she was the design director for children's publishing until 2007. Sara also teaches at UC Berkeley Extension and California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


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Booklist Review

The lesson of this brightly illustrated book is that growing a friend is a lot like growing a plant. Both take time and patience and work. Gillingham begins with a boy and a girl, a pail, and the instruction, To grow a friend, first plant a seed in good soil, as a hummingbird drops a seed into their pail of dirt. Gillingham cleverly links what the two friends do on a summer day (for example, running through a sprinkler and playing on swings) with what's going on with the developing seed in the pail. What the plant needs water and sunshine and space to grow is what the children need, too. The book then concentrates on what good friends do for each other. Simple geometric shapes and vivid colors make the lessons stand out, and the book finishes with a wonderfully inclusive message about growing a garden of friends, pointing out that each one can sprout up in surprising places and there is always room for one more.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Friendships, Gillingham suggests, need tending-just like plants. "To grow a friend," she starts, "first plant a seed in good soil." A page turn shows a close-up of a boy and girl smiling over a bucket of soil, into which a bird drops a seed. The children, just two in a cast of ethnically diverse friends-in-the-making, have rounded heads and wide, Betty Boop eyes, a retro look that will be familiar to fans of the author's board books. There's lots of movement and activity as water sprays from a sprinkler in dynamic curves and the children swing from a tree and race downhill in a wheelbarrow. Gillingham keeps the friends-as-plants metaphor going: "If a friend is drooping, do something sweet," she advises, as the girl appears with an armful of flowers to cheer up the boy. The pair work out disputes ("Sometimes a friend bugs you"), make each other happy, and "grow" their circle of friends. Upbeat without glossing over the effort needed to see friendships through "rain and shine," it's a promising classroom readaloud. Ages 3-7. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.