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How To Mend a Friend

Written by Karl Newson

Illustrated by Clara Anganuzzi

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How To Mend a Friend Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

Timely, poignant and beautifully empathetic story about being a friend

From an award-winning author, who knows how important friends can be through his own fight with cancer, and at a time when so many families have faced loss and grief, this is a perfectly pitched description of exactly what empathy means in real life. Even very small children will be able to find and recognise the situations and feelings so well described and captivatingly illustrated. They will know how they feel sad sometimes about such things as a broken toy or a dropped ice cream and know what helps them feel better. What it also captures so beautifully is that every single person is unique and no one thing will work for everyone. In very practical terms there are heartfelt suggestions here of things and suggestions that can and do and obviously have helped. There is an unmistakeable authenticity to the carefully crafted words which are the very opposite of sentimental verse in a greetings card. 

Joy Court

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*** Highly recommended as a really valuable addition to a collection of books about friends, feelings and perfect for school assemblies on Empathy Day.

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How To Mend a Friend Synopsis

Some friends need a great big hug to make them feel well. Some prefer to be alone. Some listen, others tell the most adventurous stories of the times that went before! Some friends may not want to talk about them anymore.

How to Mend a Friend is a heartfelt picture book which touches on empathy, loss and friendship. At times, we all feel a little bit broken.

Karl's simple text is a guide on How to Mend a Friend, whether it's a friend with a broken toy, a broken heart, a loss they can't explain or the sadness that comes when someone else eats the last cookie. Featuring a child and an imaginary animal friend, children will find it easy to relate to the story throughout, whilst learning how they might support a friend who feels sad.

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ISBN: 9781787417717
Publication date: 10/06/2021
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781787417717
Publication date: 10th June 2021
Author: Karl Newson
Illustrator: Clara Anganuzzi
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic
Collections: 85 Brilliant Books about Friendships, Anti Bullying Week & World Kindness Day,

About Karl Newson

Karl Newson is a talented new name in children’s books who lives in London. He writing stories on a variety of topics, from quiet bedtime reads, to wild, imaginative, wondrous tales. The sometimes writer of short poems, Karl loves to gaze at the stars and wonder why… and always gets his best ideas just before bed.

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