Thank you for being a friend, traveled down a road and back
again. Your heart is true. Youre a pal and confidant.
Those lyrics from the theme song of the 1980s television series,
Golden Girls, always rang true to meand the tune
itself was pretty darn catchy, too.
My daughters, then 12 and 14, watched reruns of the series; they
loved the camaraderie and companionship of the actresses. Later,
I realized that this series was teaching Ellen and Polly about friendship,
and this is a good thing. Television aside, books on the subject
are plentiful at any of the eight branches and bookmobile of the
Springfield-Greene County Library District.
Friendship among siblings is the foundation for other relationships,
and the oversized board book, And
To Think That We Thought That Wed Never Be Friends
cleverly written by Mary Ann Hoberman and beautifully illustrated
by Kevin Hawkes, is excellent at making this point.
The book, in easy-to-read cadenced rhymes, starts off in a way
that all parents can relate to:
One day we were playing outside in our yard
When my brother got mad and he pushed me so hard
That I pushed him right backwith all of my might
And quick as a wink we were having a fight!
After a few pages, the brother and sister resolve their differences
and end their argument because its funny how quickly
an argument ends. .and to think that we thought that wed never
From there, the siblings note how differences can be reconciled
with the next-door neighbors, to those in foreign landsand,
okay, all the people on Earth. Its an optimisticand
probably unrealisticfeel-good message, I know, but little
kids will love it.
Here are other friendship books recommended by Jessie
Alexander-East, a childrens librarian at the Library Center.