|With a friend by your side|
Author: Kerley, Barbara
This inspirational book preps young ones for the world beyond their own families.
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/15)
School Library Journal (04/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 PreS-Gr 3—Kerley explored the importance of water in A Cool Drink of Water (2002), parents and kids in You and Me Together (2005), and peace in A Little Peace (2007, all National Geographic). Now, in this oversize volume, excellent photographs of friends from around the world are paired with simple but touching text to demonstrate that all people need friends to care about. The photographs have a nice mix of young and old from places as close as Pennsylvania and California, to as far away as China and Jakarta. Back matter is included to extend the usefulness for older readers. There is a map showing where each of the photos was taken and captioned thumbnails of each photo. There is also a page with a short passage about the importance of being kind to all people and a brief note to parents and caregivers with some online resources for helping kids make friends, and how to handle bullying. A few well-known quotes about friendship add a final touch ("The only way to have a friend is to be one." Ralph Waldo Emerson). VERDICT The wonderful photography and gentle text make this a good choice to read aloud at the beginning of a discussion of friendship or to showcase what all humans have in common.—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.