How to Make Friends: A Bear's Guide

How to Make Friends: A Bear's Guide
Publisher Name
Berbay Publishing
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Release Date
June 06, 2023
A Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book. 
"This cleverly presented book is reminiscent of Jim Henson's 'Muppets' books... a welcome resource in the classroom for teachers who are helping their students negotiate the tricky friendship road." ReadPlus
Bear has lots of friends if you count her toys, but she's note sure how to make real friends. And she especially wants to be friends with Koala and Lamb. They both have fluffy ears and like green things. What's a timid bear to do?

Luckily, Bear discovers that friends don't have to all like the same things; they just have to find things they enjoy doing together. And Bear is great at that.

A story about making friends while keeping the qualities (and quirks!) that make you unique.

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Joining a friend group is not easy
(Updated: October 26, 2023)
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This book had an unusual photographic illustration style with good advice. This is a sweet book about a Bear who would like to join the friendship of Lamb and Koala. This is a book we can all empathize with. It is not easy joining an already-established friend group. Bear tries several over-the-top things that don’t work. It only works out when Bear starts to act naturally. I like the idea of the photographic illustrations using stuffed animals, but not the execution of the specific stuffed animals included in the book. The stuffed animals used look outdated. With so many bright and fresh illustrated books to choose from all vying for attention, this one could easily get lost in the shuffle based on curb appeal. Overall, this is a cute book with a sweet message. Hopefully, more modern-looking stuffed animals will be used in the future by the author.
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