With sweet thoughts about the value of friendship, this inspirational book preps young ones for the world beyond their own families. The striking photographs paired with poetic text will encourage more unplugged and imaginative play, help kids develop skills essential to their social and communicative development, and create a sense of belonging and security. Plus, we guarantee you'll finish the book wanting to hug a friend. A comprehensive afterword details the backstories of the incredible photos, which feature children and animals from around the world.
Grades 1-3. There can never be too many books about friendship, and this latest, by Kerley, is sure to win hearts. The prose, like the message, is simple: “All you need is a friend by your side.” Perhaps intended to nudge a reticent youngster into taking a bold step into the unknown, With a Friend by Your Side lists all the ways life is wonderful with a friend who shares, laughs, takes risks, listens, hugs, and cheers for you. Crisp, colorful photos range from half- to double-page spreads rich with diversity. These illustrations combine with simple text to remind readers that true soul mates transcend age, race, gender, even species. The faces in the photos beam from around the globe, and an index with a map tells readers where the pictures were taken. A resource section at the end provides quotes from famous figures and links to websites about respect and acceptance, making this a useful tool for classroom discussions.