A Heart-warming celebration of individuality, imagination and the power of friendship.
Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Some children do show-and-tell. Dennis mimes his. Some children climb trees. Dennis is happy to BE a tree . . . But being a mime can be lonely. It isn't until Dennis meets a girl named Joy that he discovers the power of friendship and how special he truly is!
At its core, this book is a heart-warming story of self-acceptance, courage, and unbreakable friendship for anyone who has ever felt "different."
Be A Friend subtly explores the world of children with autism and language barriers in an engaging and accessible way.
Salina Yoon is an award-winning author-illustrator of nearly two hundred books for children, including Duck, Duck, Porcupine!, the Penguin series, the Bear and Floppy series, and Be a Friend. She studied art and design at the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in San Diego with her family.
“This heartwarming book describes what it takes to be a friend . . . A wonderful book to use to encourage students to be themselves, to acknowledge that people are different, to introduce inferencing, to discuss disabilities, and to understand what it means to be a friend. Highly recommended.” – School Library Connection
“It's the art and design that truly shine in this work-in fact, the story can easily be interpreted by pre-readers through the pictures alone . . . Warm and nostalgic . . . Delightful artwork buoys this quiet celebration of imagination, uniqueness, and friendship.” – School Library Journal
Soft cover (Picture book)
Age range 4+ years old
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