Learn How To Make A Friend This Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Back in preschool, I didn’t worry about making a friend. With my sister, a year ahead of me, I found comfort knowing she’d be there. She’d be there to show me which toys were the most fun to play with, when to expect naptime, when the teacher served a pudding snack, and when it was time to pull on our jackets and head for home. Worrying about making a friend happened in first grade when my family moved to a new town in the middle of the school year.

Let’s forget that my teacher resembled the witch in Wizzard of OZ, and I don’t mean Glinda. Let’s forget that when I walked in, there were no extra desks, and the teacher left me standing in front of twenty-five pairs of staring eyes while she foraged in other rooms for a desk. Let’s forget that during reading time, I had to share a book with a freckle-faced girl named Cindy who caught me up on the parts of the story I had missed.

Wait. Let’s not forget about Cindy. She was the first friend I made at the new school who didn’t make me feel like a stranger, entering someone’s house at dinner time. Her family didn’t have much money, so she didn’t have many school supplies, but she did have two pencils. And she shared.

Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday review is a story about making a friend. In fact, the title of the book is Making a Friend.

Title – Making a Friend

Written by- Tammi Sauer

Illustrated by – Alison Friend

Published by- Harper Collins Children’s – 2018

Topics – making a friend, working together, getting along.

Opening – Beaver was good at making lots of things. But there was one thing he had trouble with…

…making a friend. No matter how hard he tried, nothing ever went as planned.

Synopsis from Amazon Beaver is good at making just about everything…but not friends. One winter day, Beaver sees some snowflakes in the sky and gets a great idea: he’ll make a friend. Yes! A snowman will be a great friend!

Raccoon passes by as Beaver sets to work and offers a helping hand. The two work side by side to give their snowman everything a friend needs.

But when the snowman proves to be a little cold, Beaver discovers that he may have unknowingly “made” another buddy instead.

Perfect for snuggling together for a read-aloud, this sweet snowy friendship story from Tammi Sauer and Alison Friend will warm the hearts of young readers.

Why do I like this book? This is a story that will speak to children everywhere. We’ve all, at one time, started at a new school whether it was our first day of preschool or because we moved to a new town. For those children who wonder how to make a new friend, Tammi Sauer has the answer in her sweet story of friendship.

Hop over to Tammi Sauer’s website HERE.

Read an interview with Alison Friend HERE.

Find fun, kid-friendly crafts about friendship HERE.


If you have a fond, funny, or otherwise memorable memory about making a friend, I would love to hear about it in the comments.

Until next Friday!


  1. Cathy Ballou Mealey

    Yay for Cindy! Are you still in touch?
    The alphabet and a seating chart determined my BFF in first grade. Her last name began with A – mine began with B. Over the years my height put me in the back row, then my nearsightedness returned me to the front row, but we remained friends. Now she’s an “H” and I am an “M” but she is still my longest-ever friend!

    • Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer

      I love your friendship story. It’s funny how the alphabet has the power to bring people together. Sadly, after high school, I lost touch with Cindy. I’m sure, though, that she’s still the kind of person who gladly shares her pencils.

  2. Enid Huegel

    Is Cindy still a friend?

    • Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer

      Hi, Enid. Happy to see you over here at my blog. I’m sad to say that Cindy and I lost track of each other after high school. But I’ll never lose track of that special memory.

  3. Patricia Tilton

    Best friends are so important to children, especially when you’re the new kid on the block. This sounds like Tammi Sauer’s books, and this one sounds very sweet! The cover is so appealing!

    • Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer

      I agree completely. And knowing how to make a friend is a question some children don’t have the answer to. This book lays it out, step by step.

  4. Ann Wendel

    Love your comparison of your teacher to a certain character in the Wizard of Oz. 🙂 I switched to a new school in 4th grade. In Science class at the beginning of the school year, we were doing an experiment, and a nice girl named Jean shared her comb with me (I have no recollection of what we experimenting with or why we needed a comb!) But all these years later, Jean and I are still friends, and we reminisce about that silly science experiment. And of course, there was that lovely 18-year old Leslie Leibhardt who wrote me a very friendly letter introducing herself to me, as we were about to become freshman roommates at college, and we are still treasuring our special friendship today!

    • Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer

      I’m completely curious about the science experiment you did in class that required a comb… But I do recall the years when being seen with a “Goody” comb in your back pocket was the in thing. (My comb was blue.)
      And I’m smiling, remembering when I wrote that letter to you before we started our freshman year together. Lots of years have passed, and I’m also treasuring or friendship and wishing we lived closer.

  5. Joanna

    Friendship stories are so universal and really for any age. I think I would like to be friends with beaver!

  6. Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer

    This friendship story is so sweet, and yes, main character, Beaver, is everything a true friend should be.