The Friendship Bench
Available in ebook and paperback!
Proceeds from the book will be used to perpetrate acts of kindness.
When Ella’s BFF, Bella, moves to a new town, she’s left behind with nobody to play with at recess, and has to eat lunch by herself. Her teacher, Mrs. Fancy, jumps into action and facilitates the building of a Friendship Bench which becomes a destination spot for children needing a friend.
The artwork for this book was provided by the children of Fir Grove and Oak Grove Elementary Schools in Albany, Oregon.
76 pages | Age Level: 4 – 12
“Whitney Dineen’s children’s picture book, The Friendship Bench, illustrates how kindness and caring can make a huge difference in a child’s school-time experience. The idea for a Friendship Bench that Mrs. Fancy comes up with is marvelous. I was thrilled to read that both Oak Grove and Fir Grove Elementary Schools have actually added Friendship Benches to their playgrounds, and hope that the idea spreads to many other schools. I love this story and the spirit in which it’s written, but the true stars of The Friendship Bench are the illustrators. There are dozens of original art works by children in kindergarten through fifth grade levels contained in this book. And while the pictures range according to the skill sets and ages of the artists, they are all brilliant and worth looking at quite carefully — every single one. The artists chose colors that complement the themes of their work, and many pictures display the artist’s instinctive grasp of perspective and shading as well as the ability to convey motion. Plan on spending some time enjoying the artwork, and there’s a lot of it, and then hand out the construction paper and crayons after story time is over. This book will inspire new artists whenever and wherever it’s read. The Friendship Bench is most highly recommended.” ~ Reader’s Favorite