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How to grow a friend / by Sara Gillingham.

Gillingham, Sara, (author,, illustrator.).
Book Book ([2015])
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
7 of 9 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries). (Show all copies)
0 of 0 copies available at Phillips Academy.
0 current holds with 9 total copies.
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  • ISBN: 9780385376693 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0385376693 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9780375973253 (hardcover library binding)
  • ISBN: 0375973257 (hardcover library binding)
  • Edition: First Edition.
Summary: "Friendship advice given as gardening tips"-- Provided by publisher.
Citation: Gillingham, Sara. "How to grow a friend." New York : Random House, 2015.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 February #2
    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. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2014 November #2

    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.)

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