The Friendship Book
The Friendship Book
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Annotation: "Figure out what you want out of your friendships, how to be a good friend, how to resolve conflicts, and much more"--
Catalog Number: #240011
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 142 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-433-83229-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-433-83229-1
Dewey: 177
LCCN: 2020025378
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
An introspective how-to guide for kids and teens on how to make, keep, and let go of friends.Moss, a clinical and school psychologist, encourages readers to contemplate what they are looking for in friendships and what kind of friends they want to be as well as giving guidance on what it can mean to be a good friend. Navigating aspects of friendship such as peer pressure (good and bad), disagreements, and feeling alone, each topical chapter starts with a quiz to assess comfort level and understanding; quiz results gently point readers to places where they may need to do some work. With interactive tools and activities, the book sets readers up to better understand themselves and what they want and need, and it offers strategies for handling difficult situations. Case studies involving both girls and boys are peppered throughout each chapter, with questions asking what readers would do in that particular situation, and each chapter ends with a call to action encouraging further reflection. It’s aimed at preteens and teens, but the design can seem a bit dry and textbook-y. With each chapter building on the last, it requires a linear rather than browsing approach. Social media is heavily discussed, and due to social media age restrictions, many in the intended audience may feel it is not relevant to them. Race and culture aren’t addressed except briefly in a discussion about exclusion.Clinical but helpful overall. (Nonfiction. 10-13)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 Moss provides a guide to friendship for young readers. Topics include making friends, social media, and how friendships can change over time. Each chapter offers an engaging quiz. These quizzes feel like an homage to the teen magazine quizzes that friends share at sleepovers. The text features relatable scenarios or scenes that readers might have experienced directly or indirectly. For example, the chapter "Surviving Disagreements" tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who was teased by her best friend because of how she played soccer in gym class. At the end of each scene, thoughtful questions allow readers to reflect. Many features in this title would be useful in a middle school advisory program. The friendship checklist or the first chapter with a discussion of circles of people in your life would be an excellent starting point for discussions. Moss covers a lot of important information about friendships for children who might be transitioning to a new school or experiencing friendships that have changed. The format uses simple geometric shapes and bright colors. VERDICT A title packed with very solid advice for young readers. A resource for educators that offers relatable, modern, and reflective questions to facilitate discussions with students about developing healthy and long-lasting relationships with their peers. Erin Olsen, Hunter Coll. Elem. Sch., NY
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Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (2/1/21)
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7

Kids will figure out what they want out of their friendships, how to be a good friend, resolve conflicts, and much more in this upbeat book meant to help forge lasting relationships. Full of practical tips, insightful quizzes, and relatable examples, this is a unique resource to help kids understand friendships.

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