When Pa was taking Jim to school for the first time, Jim said, "Will I have a friend at school?" "I think you will," said Pa. But even his father's gentle reassurance doesn't make Jim feel any better. The other children in kindergarten are scary strangers to him. He's sure that he'll never find a friend...until naptime, when he discovers someone who feels the way he does. Paperback. 32 pages.
4 years & up. Lena is seven years old and wants to paint a picture of herself. She wants to paint herself with brown paint to match her own skin. However, when she takes a walk through her neighborhood, she realizes that brown comes in diverse shades. Explore with this book the ways we are all alike and different by exploring family identities, values and responsibilities. Paperback. 32 pages.
With brilliantly-colored marker illustrations, "A Rainbow of Friends" demonstrates the timeless lesson of acceptance of others. This heartwarming book explains that each person is unique and adds immensely to the lives of others. Hallinan's verses encourage children to respect the disabled, to help those in trouble, and to reach out to the people around them. Full color.