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Monday, July 24, 2017

International Day of Friendship - July 30



Friendship can have a different meaning to different people.  It comes in all shapes, colors and sizes.  There are distinctions such as true friends, best friends, good friends, casual friends, work friends, school friends, social friends and friendly acquaintances.  No matter what your definition of friendship is, friendship undeniably contributes to our psychological development and well-being throughout our life. 
 
Friends benefit from one another in innumerable ways.  They listen, encourage, give advice, help with chores, have fun and simply "are there" for one another.  Good friends are open, genuine and honest with each other.  They appreciate each other's differences and honestly criticize when necessary. 

Friendship is a time honored theme throughout literature, especially between humans and animals.  These are some classic stories of friendship that are must reads for children. 

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1894)

Mowgli, a man cub, grows up in the jungle alongside Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther.  He must take care to avoid attracting the tiger Shere Khan because he wants Mowgli gone.  The original  format of the book is written in fables with the animals offering moral lessons. 

  
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne (1928)

It's a passage of childhood to spend time in Ashdown Forest with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and Roo.  Pooh is the center of all his friends' activities and they usually help him through his errors.  The manner in which each of the friends looks out for the other is as charming as it is believable.  What makes this story unique is that there are no villains, just lots of fun and games that only true friends can have together. 

 
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (1952)                                                         


A pig and spider friends you say?  There is something magical in this novel of Charlotte the spider spinning words of support for her friend Wilber, when it looks like he is going to be turned into bacon.  It is a beloved story of friendship but keep a box of tissues nearby because you'll need it.


So celebrate International Day of Friendship by telling your friends how much they mean to you.  Read a story about friendship too.  There are some great ones out there!




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