- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Boys Town Press; 1 edition (March 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193449030X
- ISBN-13: 978-1934490303
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making Friends Is an Art! Paperback – March 12, 2012
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Every Child or adult will be able to relate to at least one of the colored pencils in this story so artfully created by Julia Cook. Her book is picture perfect in showing all of us what it takes to build relationships and make friends. --Kristine J. Melloy, Ph.D., President Elect of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
About the Author
JULIA COOK is a former teacher and school counselor who has written more than a dozen books on behavior and health for children, including The WORST Day of My Life EVER, My Mouth Is a Volcano, and It s Hard to Be a Verb. Her light, humorous approach keeps kids laughing while they re learning good behavior skills. She has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award.
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Some of the reviews said this book is racist. ABDOLUTELY NOT!!! I would honestly ignore the one racist comments when choosing this book. All of the colors in the are talked about. Brown is the main character.
The book goes over negative energy and how to be positive. I love this book! I was skeptical about the reviews that said it was A racist book I bought this book half thinking I may need to return it. This book beyond surpassed my expectations. Very happy with this book.
So for the plot: The Brown colored pencil feels alone and left out. A few of the other colored pencils tell him he needs to be a good friend to make friends. Each of the colors has a specific positive quality. Brown is a combination of all the other colors so he has those qualities within him. He takes their advice and begins to recognize his own strengths. He changes his ways and does things to try and help out the other pencils. He feels better about himself and now has friends.
The story did repeat some things to try and make the story hit home but I'm not sure it was necessary. A couple of pages almost felt out of place and were a little too long. For instance, towards the end Brown listens to a presentation on how to take over the art supply market. He was doing this to support his friend but I don't think the audience this is geared to would understand the situation, nor did it add to the story.
Overall, the book has a good message that resonates with children. It is easy to use in discussion regarding friendship and self esteem and I would buy it again.
I thought this was a book about how to make friends. But really, it's a book on why friends are important and that you are special and deserve to have friends. The book is very very wordy. There are a couple of entire pages that could easily be removed from the book without affecting the storyline. It's just too long for young children.
Also, there's no real practical information. The first half of the book covers how the brown crayon doesn't have any friends and basically hates himself. Then by talking to a bunch of other crayons, he discovers that he is worthwhile after all, and he starts to make friends. But I didn't feel there were enough details in actually helping a young child make friends. One of the themes was "to make friends you need to be a good friend", which is awesome! but the examples and guidance were terrible. There are extremely specific examples - like the brown crayon listens to another crayon's crazy business plans. My son is too young to understand that this is trying to say that you should think of others and listen, even if you aren't super-interested. Honestly I would have been better off just making a list of friend-making skills and reading them to him and giving him some general examples.
I actually felt that improving your self esteem was discussed more than making friends. Accepting who you are and learning to like yourself were major themes. If that's what you are looking for - I still can't hardily recommend this book because I feel it is too long unless your child is a bit older, in which case they might find the characters too childish. 3 stars is listed as "It's ok" and that's exactly how I would describe this book.