The Scholastic Book Fair rolled into my school this week for the last hurrah before summer. I strolled through the aisles looking for this and that when I found the book, “You Will Be My Friend” by Peter Brown. I read the title first as “Will You Be My Friend?” but when I looked again, sure enough the title was a command not a request! This book illustrates the difficulties of figuring out how to make friends, whether you are a beast or a boy. For a lot of my students with social language weakness, friendship is tricky!
One of my favorite students started a conversation with a new classmate this year. She recounted that she wanted to be friends with the new girl, so she told her, ” I am just going to warn you, you don’t want to make me mad.” She felt that she was offering good insight on how to be her friend, just don’t make me mad. She didn’t consider that starting off a friendship with a perceived threat was not a great first impression. Yikes.
Lucy, the main character of our story, heads out on a mission one morning to find a new friend in the forest. She bumbles her way into frog ponds, a giraffe’s breakfast and invades the personal space of a local ostrich. Lucy’s intentions are good, but she struggles on her quest to find a friend. The illustrations are beautiful and offer great clues on reading body language, emotion and what other’s might be thinking in the story. It is filled with fantastic opportunities to talk about social language concepts such as whole body listening, personal space, talking too much and being yourself around others!
I have created a three page activity to go along with the story (factual questions and social thinking questions) here
What books have you used for friendship?