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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Making Friends is Like Going Swimming by Dolores Stedman deals with the topic of making new friends when children are in a new place. Rosey was on a trip with her parents and sister, and they went to the beach to enjoy the sand and sea. Rosey’s sister, Missy, saw some kids playing and she ran over to play with the boys and girls. Her parents joined some friends who were calling and waving. Rosey wanted to take part with the others and play, but she was shy and not confident of meeting new people. She felt sad and lonely as she stood nearby and watched them. Was she able to overcome her shyness and have fun with the kids?
Dolores Stedman's story is relatable and many children will be able to understand Rosey’s plight, and this story will show them how easy it is to make friends. The illustrations are colorful and they make the concept attractive to young readers. It is a delightful story that can be used in classrooms for read aloud sessions and storytelling time. It will be a great help to many children like Rosey who do not know how to break the ice and make friends when they meet new people. Stories like this are good for children to read, both at home and in school because they give children the confidence to shed their shyness easily, and encourage them to mix with new friends when they are in a new place.