Having seen what being left out is like, children become agents of change, convincing their teacher to let them build a buddy bench.
A school playground can be a solitary place for a kid without playmates; in one survey, 80 percent of 8- to 10-year-old respondents described being lonely at some point during a school day.
Patty Brozo’s cast of kids brings a playground to raucous life, and Mike Deas’s illustrations invest their games with imaginary planes to fly, dragons to tame, and elephants to ride. And these kids match their imaginations with empathy, identifying and swooping up the lonely among them.
Buddy benches are appearing in schoolyards around the country. Introduced from Germany in 2014, the concept is simple: When a child sits on the bench, it’s a signal to other kids to ask him or her to play.--from the publisher
36 pages 978-0884486978 Ages 4-7
Keywords: friendship, fitting in, belonging, values, loneliness, understanding others, empathy, compassion, kindness, school issues, being included, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, Character Building Curriculum, emotions, feelings, emotional intelligence
Read alikes: The Friendship Bench by Whitney Dineen; The Buddy Bench by B. D. Cottleston; Everybody Needs a Buddy (The Big Idea Gang series) by James Preller;