About the Book
Barron's A Big Hug series offers a gentle and direct approach to the emotional issues that children face. Written by a clinical child psychologist, these books encourage youngsters to share and discuss tough topics with family and friends. Friendship is Like A Seesaw compares friendship to the classic playground ride--there are ups and downs, but in the end it's all about balance.
"Friendship is like a seesaw.
Sometimes you might feel up in the air
when your friend feels low.
Other times you might feel down,
when your friend is up.
When things are balanced, both friends are happy."
Endearing illustrations and gentle text explore friends at their best--sharing, laughing, and playing together--as well as friends who sometimes say hurtful things, leave others out, or get a bit bossy. The authors go on to discuss what we can do to rebalance and fix our friendships, like talking about our feelings, looking at our own friendship skills, or taking a break. A timeless lesson that older children and even adults can appreciate.
My Take on the Book
This to me is a perfect book written on friendship that children can easily identify with and learn from too. It certainly explains friendship with its challenges and enjoyable times.
The authors used language familiar to children and the illustrations follow the text so beautifully showing the emotions of the characters in each situation described. I believe this story could easily open up a sensitive discussion with children about friendship and their challenges with their friends, as well as their feelings.
I encourage teachers and parents to seriously take a look at this beautiful story.
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