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Author: Gillingham, Sara
Publisher: Random House
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780385376693
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Kindergarten

How to Grow a Friend

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Tend your friendships…and watch them grow!
Using the analogy of growing a garden with the growth of a friendship, young and old readers alike, will enjoy the comparison of how a garden and friendship need to be nurtured to develop and be sustained.  The simplistic images of a friendship between a boy and girl are geared towards a primary audience.  Along the way, readers will learn how to care both for friends and plants alike.
Written by British Columbian author/illustrator, this book uses one line of text per page and large clear simple illustrations to make analogies which may or may not need further explanation by adults e.g. And don’t let your friends get stuck in the weeds, as figurative language is used extensively. This book is best used first as a read-aloud to foster discussion around Character Education: Friendships with K-3 students and/or Grade 1 Science: Living and Non-Living Things

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