Old Friends, New Friends
ABC Books, 2018
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
It’s a new school year and there is a whole class full of old best friends to greet and play with. But excitement and fizzy tummies disappear when she realises that her new class is full of children whom she doesn’t know. There is not one familiar face amongst them. The happy tummy bubbles pop, turning to cartwheels instead; her smile dims and her hands are soggy.
But then she remembers some advice from her mum about being brave, and her grandfather about finding a smile somewhere, and tells herself that her very best BFF will always be herself and suddenly the light begins to shine and a whole world of possibilities opens up.
As the new school year gets underway, many children will be finding themselves in a classroom where they know no one whether that’s because of the way things have been sorted or moving to a new school and it can be a daunting and overwhelming proposition. So this is the perfect book to share to help children like that feel they can make the first step towards making friendships and that a class of 30 kids they don’t know is just 30 opportunities to open up new possibilities. This is the advice I’ve given to Miss Moving-On-To-High-School because the strategies are just as relevant there.
When someone has lost their smile, give them one of yours.
The beginning of the year is the perfect time for a focus on friends and friendships and so the team who gave us When I Grow Up and First Day have done it again, with their finger on the pulse of what it is like to be a littlie.