Published: March 2012
Put a smile on the face of a lonely child or a child who feels left out. Use this story to open a discussion on friendship, empathy and self-esteem with children in grades K-6. Kids who have trouble making friends will learn positive ways to reach out to others with more confidence and discover that the way to have a friend is to be a friend.
Brown is the least used pencil in the box. He envies Red, Purple, Blue and all the other pencils who have fun colouring and playing together. Dark Green is trustworthy, Pink listens well, Orange has fun, and everybody likes Red! Brown doesn't smile very often becasue he doesn't get used much and hardly ever needs sharpening. When Brown asks the other pencils why no one likes him, he discovers that to have friends, he needs to be a good friend. If Brown learns to use all of the social skills the other pencils have, he can make friends and have fun too!
Making Friends Is an Art! is the first of the popular Building Relationships series by Julia Cook. Teachers, parents, and kids of all ages will appreciate the art of friendship as they learn skills to get along with others.