Friends and Foes
Friends and Foes
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Annotation: A collection of poems about the ups and downs of friendship.
Genre: [Poetry]
Catalog Number: #186149
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 47 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-442-48795-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-5334-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-442-48795-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-5334-0
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2017042960
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
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This collection of twenty-five poems teases out many of friendship's fundamentals as well as its more nuanced complexities. Colored-pencil and crayon illustrations on manila paper help keep the mood bright, but also appropriately imperfect and rough. While the poetry vacillates from serious to silly, the tone remains comforting and affirming throughout. Readers will likely recognize aspects of their own friendship dynamics and may find needed humor and solace.
Kirkus Reviews
Florian explores both the joys and conflicts of having a friend.Twenty-five poems are accompanied by childlike drawings using colored pencils and crayon on manila paper. Their scribbled nature instantly connotes a time when making friends is brand new and both difficult and thrilling by turns. Loose-limbed and energetic, Florian's friends of all ethnicities hug, stretch, and reach their arms out in hopes of reciprocity. Sometimes friends share everything: "We stick, we two, like glue, like glue. / We stick like thick molasses. / So close we are, we stick like tar / (and share one pair of glasses)." But other times, friendships fall apart: "We used to be friends. / We drifted away. / Will we get back together? / Well, maybe someday." Florian explores themes of jealousy, trust, and separation. Friends don't even always have to be human—sometimes they are imaginary, sometimes they are found in nature, and sometimes (as in a quick-witted reveal) they could even be a computer. Especially appropriate for a book on friendship, three poems are made for two voices to encourage reading together.Children are growing and figuring out who they are in relation to those around them; the direct, purposeful style of poetry lends itself nicely to navigating the many emotions of friendship. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)
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Word Count: 1,417
Reading Level: 2.6
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 501671 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 460L

In the tradition of Shel Silverstein, celebrated picture book poet Douglas Florian offers an honest, touching, and often humorous collection of twenty-three poems about relationships—both good and bad!

There are all kinds of friends—good friends, bad friends, old friends, new friends…even imaginary friends! This humorous, heartfelt, and refreshingly honest collection of poems explores the many facets of friendship with Douglas Florian’s signature sense of silliness and wit.

What friends are for
I like you
You don't
Old friends
Close friends
You lied to me
I'm friends with trees
Billy the bully
How do you say "friend"?
We used to be friends
Imaginary friend
I hate your hair
You're NOT my best friend
Hey! You!
Give and take
Not talking
The fabulous five
I'm better
My smartest friend
Friendship is a flower.

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