It's not an easy lesson to teach a 6, 10 or 13 year old but the positive message - that you were lucky to have had this friendship and to have gotten from it what you did - is no less important.
I work with the most amazing young woman who brings sunshine to our office every day, regardless of the weather outdoors. She is responsible for our examination library, which means she is the first to see each new book as it comes in. She always displays two picture books at the reception desk and changes the display every few days.She has amazing instincts and a knack for selecting the greatest books to display. Truth be told, I'm blogging tonight about friendship because she recently selected a book that touched my heart and I wanted to share it - Oliver Jeffers' Up and Down.
This sequel to the equally enchanting Lost and Found is a wonderful story, so beautifully illustrated, about the power of friendship, the need to do some things on your own and reaching for your dreams.I love this book! It's yet another picture book that can be appreciated and cherished by people of all ages.
If your child is into knee-slapping funny books about friendship, especially friendships between hysterically unlikely duos, try reading Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's Cowboy and Octopus.
If your young adult (at the younger end of young adult, I think) wants to follow friendships through a series, consider The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or Harry Potter or Percy Jackson and the Olympians (or the newest Rick Riordan series to enchant my children, The Heroes of Olympus, beginning with The Lost Hero).
The friendship between Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh is one that has meant the world to me forever and from their story, I borrow the following words, dedicated to all my friends, past, present and future,