The essence of friendship is demonstrated through exquisite photographs, primarily of children, from around the world, engaged in activities that express friendship – caring, sharing a moment, playing together, helping another, supporting each other…The sparse, lyrical, poetic text expands on this message of friendship depicted in over 30 full page colour photographs. With a Friend by Your Side will inspire conversations about friendship, the antithesis of bullying, and the pictures will help children “see” the feelings and actions associated with friendship. The end pages include quotes about friendship from famous people, and vocabulary associated with the concept. There is also a map of the world pinpointing where every photograph originated, and showing that friendship is indeed a global experience. A useful picture book for discussions on Global Connections (a strand in Alberta’s Social Studies curriculum).
Kirkus review: “The concept of friendship earns itself another tribute picture book, this time with crisp, stunning photographs to match.”