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Will I Have a Friend? Paperback – August 31, 1989

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Miriam Cohen’s timeless story of a boy going to school for the first time is updated with new pictures by Ronald Himler. The text is tweaked in minimal ways (adding some confusion as to whether Jim’s father is called Pa or Dad), but otherwise the story remains the same. Jim still worries about having a friend until the afternoon when Paul shares his truck. It is the art that is fresh and new. While Lillian Hoban’s illustrations for the original included children of color, the printing process of the time limited the color palette. Himler’s soft watercolors are more contemporary in look, with touches like a recycle mark on the trash bin. Bill wears a colander as a rocket man’s hat in the Hoban version, while he rides in a space ship model in this update. Both versions are great for combating the new-kid-in-school blues. Preschool-Grade 2. --Bina Williams --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Miriam Cohen is an avid champion of the emotional rights of children, and is interested in their "immense vulnerability, and their need to be nurtured, encouraged, and allowed to unfold naturally." She has spent many hours in classrooms reading, listening, and talking with children 'not as a lecturer, but as a fellow writer.' The time she has spent in the company of children is one reason why her books ring true, and why young readers hear themselves in the voices of her characters.

Lillian Hoban was the author and illustrator of many favorite I Can Read books, including Joe and Betsy the Dinosaur, Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving, and a series about Arthur the Chimpanzee. She also illustrated many picture books, including the classic stories about Frances.

Lillian Hoban was the author and illustrator of many favorite I Can Read books, including Joe and Betsy the Dinosaur, Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving, and a series about Arthur the Chimpanzee. She also illustrated many picture books, including the classic stories about Frances.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 300L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (August 31, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689713339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689713330
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
For over thirty years, this book has answered one of a young child's most important questions about starting school: will I have any friends? Walking to school on the first day with his father, that's the question Jim asks. His father smiles down at him and says, "I think you will." Jim's a little intimidated at first. "All the boys were making noise. All the girls were laughing. Where was his friend?" Like my two oldest kids, Jim stands at the edge of the action and waits for someone to invite him to join in. It takes awhile. He hasn't found his friend by snack time. He hasn't found his friend by rest time. Where is his friend? After rest time, the boy who was lying down next to Jim shows him a toy truck. Jim promises to bring his toy gas pump. He's found his friend! I wish my parents had shared this is a straight-forward, slice-of-life story with me when I was a shy three year old starting nursery school. It wouldn't have made me more outgoing, but it might have made me a little less nervous.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for preschoolers about making friends. I thought the scenario was very similar to what many preschool children encounter when they enter a group of strange children and try to make friends. Jim wonders who will be his friend in his new school (which could also be a daycare); some early encounters with other children are disappointing, but eventually he forms a bond with another boy. This book can help three to five year olds anticipate social situations at school or child care.
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nice book to read kindergarten students at the beginning of the year - the boy listens and watches and in the end makes a friend
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Format: School & Library Binding
"Will I Have a Friend?" is an excellent book for young children starting new schools.

A young boy is worried his first day of school that he won't have any friends. All day he is nervous, doesn't know what to say or how to approach the other kids. He finds himself on the sidelines watching. He eventually meets a boy and that gets him invited to join the group. It was a good day after all. He has a friend.

My kindergartener checked this book out from her library and read it before I even got a chance to read it to her. It is not for the earliest beginning readers. I would place it about first grade level. However, it also makes a good book for parents to read to their children.

"Will I Have a Friend" is a story to which many children can relate. If your young child will be starting kindergarten or a new school and you are looking for a book to allay his fears, this is a good one to read.
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Format: Paperback
WILL I HAVE A FRIEND is a good choice for a Back-to-School read as it can give first time students an idea of what to expect at school (although I don't believe many schools have students go down for naptime these days).

It begins with Dad taking Jim to school on his first day. The little boy's obviously anxious and he asks his dad whether he'll find a friend at school. Dad assures him he will-- but honestly, that friend is a long time coming!

While he's waiting children paint, play with blocks and dolls and cars, read, have snacks, have reading time, and take that nap.

Obviously this book can be used to remind older children what they did the previous year. Nicely reassuring.
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Format: Paperback
Will I have a Friend? I have used this book as a opener for the past 10 years or more. I am a Pre-K Teacher so I know that children are a little scared when starting in a new school or even going to a new classroom. This story helps break the ice. My children love it so much they want me to read it over and over again.
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By DB on September 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
This was part of the kindergarten book list. Extremely cute story that we have enjoyed reading several times. Ordered the book used and it came in perfect condition, as we usually receive this way. This is a really good book for anyone looking for a nice story to help their child with the concept of transitioning into school.
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Format: Hardcover
my children are 20, 23, and 25 and I'm still buying this book when they begin new colleges and jobs........and as a gift to "first timers" of all ages..............i loved it when they were little; and still love it today.
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