Author : Alma Flor Ada,
Illustrator : Barry Koch, Musician : Suni
Preschool - 2nd Grade
Softcover, Spanish, Book, Alma Flor Ada,
Barry Koch, Preschool - 2nd Grade, 9781581052008,
Friends, Softcover, English, Book, Alma Flor Ada, Barry Koch, Preschool - 2nd Grade, 9781581052343, $7.95
Friends, Softcover, English, Big Book, Alma Flor Ada, Barry Koch, Preschool - 2nd Grade, 9781581052336, $35.00
Libros para contar CD, Spanish, Storytelling and Music CD, Preschool - 2nd Grade, 9781603963466, $19.95 Listen
Stories for the Telling CD, English, Storytelling CD, Preschool - 2nd Grade, 9781603963473, $19.95 Listen
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Teachers of young children appreciate that through this story children learn, or practice, the names of colors, the concept of sizes, and, of course, the different geometrical shapes. Children seem to be touched by the deep message of the story.
Author’s Note : It has been a great joy to listen to young children tell me how much they like this book, and how good it makes them feel that the book recognizes that we can all be friends, regardless of how we look like.
This is the second of my stories with geometrical characters. The first is El cuadradito azul [The little blue square]. In that first story a little blue square wishes he could be any other figure, a circle or an oval, but not a square, until his grandmother points out to him all the potentials that he holds. The third book with geometrical figures as characters is El reino de la geometría which takes the results of discrimination a step further.
Amigos was my very first book published in the United States as an Individual trade book, and it started my association as an author with Santillana.
This powerful tale of celebration of diversity has been read both in English and in Spanish by Alma Flor Ada. The listeners of the recording in Spanish will have a complementary experience. Alma Flor has rewritten the story in verse and Suni Paz has created music for the version in verse. Her beautiful performance gives additional charm to this poignant story of multicultural understanding.
School Library Journal : An introduction to basic shapes featuring brightly colored illustrations. Squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles are limited to playing and associating only with others just like themselves, until they discover the creative possibilities of being friends with those who are different. In the end, the various shapes combine to make wagons, locomotives, and boats.
Listen to Vienna Rose read Friends to you. A marvelous example of the magical encounter between a child and books that we wish for all children.
Listen to a sample portion of Amigos.
Mini-Lesson Using the Creative Dialogue Process
Download Friends Mini-Lesson as Word Document
Friends (in Spanish Amigos, in Haitian Creole Zanmi) by Alma Flor Ada describes the life of squares and rectangles, circles and triangles who live in the same town but keep very separate lives from each other. One day, two little circles went for a roll into town and met a small rectangle. Together they formed a wagon. Later with young squares they made a train and when little triangles joined them they could make a plane and fly. They learned that together in friendship they could do what they could not do separate.
These questions are samples that can prompt the dialogue for each phase. Of course, the beauty of the real dialogue is that it will incorporate real life situations and experiences of the children. The questions are only suggested as dialogue starters. They need not be asked separately, but in a normal conversation format. We separated them into phases to give an idea of the different purpose of each phase, particularly because the conversations in the class tend to remain at the Descriptive and Personal phases and not reach the very important Critical Refletive phase and the essential Creative Phase that leads to action.
Questions to ascertain the comprehension of the story and its concepts.
How many sides does a square have? Are all sides the same size?
How many sides does a rectangle have? A triangle? Do circles have sides? What did the large figures say to the little ones?
Questions to invite sharing personal experiences, feelings and emotions. How does it feel when other children want to play with you? When they don’t?
How does it feel when other people treat you badly? When you treat others badly?
Multicultural Anti-Bias Phase
Questions to promote critical reflection and anti-bias awareness.
Was the big squares’ reason to forbid the little ones to play with others valid? Why??
Do all people who have long hair (or live in the same street) think alike? Have the same taste? Can we tell the feelings of a person just by the way the person looks? By the person’s language? The person’s origin? What do you think of this?
Why do you think the shapes had such a wonderful time playing together?
What difficult things that can happen when people who are different play together?
What good things can happen? How can we promote the good things?
Questions to promote transformative attitudes.
What can we do when there are children who do not want to play with us?
What can you do if you see someone treating someone badly?
Is there someone you have not been friends with that you can invite to play with you? Someone you can learn to know better?
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Invite parents to share with their children their own experiences with friends, now and when they were children. What were their favorite games and activities? Ask them to discuss their concept of friendship. What do they value in their friends? Can these qualities be found only in people of the same age, the same sex, the same language, the same ethnicity?
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