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The Fruit Salad Friend

Recipe for a True Friend

Chloe loves going to school, but the first few days of middle school felt different. Chloe didn’t understand why she didn’t get invited to one of her classmates’ birthday parties when all the other girls did.

She felt sad and left out. These feelings and experiences were all new to Chloe. She was confused. She had all the ingredients of a great friend yet still wondered, "What do you do when friends don't treat you with kindness?" Find out how this brave girl navigates the trials and tribulations that pop up on her way to discovering the recipe for lasting friendship. When other kids aren’t kind, will Chloe have the confidence to stand up for herself? Will she choose to surround herself with friends who treat her well? This sweet children's picture book gives boys and girls a realistic framework on how to handle challenging situations that commonly occur in friendships. The Fruit Salad Friend by award-winning author Maria Dismondy carries the key message of conflict resolution, friendship and bullying supported by the many advocates of positive parenting solutions. It’s sure to round out your home or school library among other books that focus on being left out, standing up to bullies and having confidence. This includes the work of Gabi Carcie (Listening to My Body) and Grace Byers (I Am Enough). This book comes with a free Reader’s Guide for children. The guide contains activities asking children to list the characteristics of a good friend, write a book review, categorize the actions of others as friendly or not friendly and more.

Details & Purchasing

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  • Published April 2018
  • 32 pages • 9x9 • Ages 4 to 10
  • Picture Book
  • ISBN: 978-0-9976085-2-6
  • Lexile Leveling: 590
  • Fountas & Pinnell Level: L

Book Reviews

Midwest Book Review

An excellent source of positive approaches to the problem of making and keeping good friendships among children, further enhanced by cheery, colorful illustrations of children interacting.

Real Simple Magazine

Written by teachers - who clearly understand playground dynamics - the message here is that you're not alone.

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