Monday 17 June 2019

Forever Friends

Forever Friends by Tabitha J Page and Alexander Kulieshov (Ingram Spark)
PB ISBN 9780648270430

Reviewed by Karen Hendriks

Forever Friends is the first book in a new series by Tabitha J Page. It is an older children’s picture book that is based upon friendship, new beginnings and overcoming challenges.

No matter what age we are, we all want to belong and fit in. Claire is in a wheelchair and starting at a new school. She is worried making friends. Yet we all have things about us that we feel insecure about, and she discovers that Tia is uncomfortable about her new glasses. The girls are drawn together after being teased and discover that they have more in common than they have differences. A warm and supportive friendship develops.

What I particularly like about this book is the author’s dialogue and voice. The characters are real and inviting to the reader. The story line develops the girls’ friendship. The stronger their friendship becomes, the less they worry about what others think.

This book celebrates friendship and diversity.  It would be a lovely book to use in classrooms, or to help with understanding differences.

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