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Be a Friend Hardcover – Picture Book, Jan. 5 2016

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  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1619639513
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1619639515
  • Item Weight : 399 g
  • Product Dimensions : 28.65 x 1.17 x 22.38 cm
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens (Jan. 5 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 50 ratings

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"Gorgeous and profoundly moving, Be A Friend was an instant favorite with me and daughter. Salina Yoon has created a picture book that my family will keep going back to time and again." - Nicola Yoon, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of EVERYTHING EVERYTHING

"Yoon, no stranger to odd-couple friendships . . . has changed tactics, creating a story about two people who just happen to see the world in a complementary way . . . Refreshingly, this story is not about overcoming shy or unusual behavior: no one ever makes Dennis speak, and no one teases him for the way he chooses to express himself. A sweet, visually striking story of friendship and acceptance." - starred review, Booklist

"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

"A launchpad for discussions of individuality. Yoon's lively illustrations will encourage young readers to mime along with Dennis. Her use of red dotted lines to depict each pantomime will allow children to fill in the blanks using their imaginations. Adults will enjoy her eye for details, including a poster of Marcel Marceau in Dennis' wardrobe. A delightful story about the celebration of individuality and friendship." - Kirkus Reviews

"This comforting story successfully addresses the common fear of storms for a young audience . . . The storm's impact has no lasting power against a family's love." - School Library Journal on STORMY NIGHT

"A thoughtful, flawlessly executed exploration of theory of mind and emotional intelligence." - starred review, Publishers Weekly on FOUND

About the Author

Salina Yoon has written/illustrated more than 100 books for children. Her awards include the 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal, Best Book Award, for both TOYS and ROCK & ROLL COLORS (Scholastic). OPPOSNAKES (S&S) was a 2009 finalist for the CBC's Children's Choice Book Awards for K-2nd Best Book of the Year.

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Nunzia L
5.0 out of 5 stars Meraviglioso ❤
Reviewed in Italy on September 29, 2019
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Vishakha Shroff
5.0 out of 5 stars superb book... heart warming...
Reviewed in India on April 6, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Semplice e commovente
Reviewed in Italy on February 14, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salina Yoon has written an incredibly important book that YOU.MUST.HAVE.IN.YOUR.LIBRARY!
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED the hidden message found in this book!!! And also, the pictures are simply amazing!
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