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“An unnamed upper-elementary-age Latinx girl meets an unnamed white girl on her first day at a new school, and an instant rapport is formed.” –Kirkus Reviews

My Friend

Written by Elisa Amado
Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano
Published by Groundwood Books

Friendship — to be known, to be accepted as you are, to feel safe, especially when you are vulnerable. The girl in this story has recently arrived in Brooklyn with her family. On her very first day at school she meets a girl who almost instantly becomes her very best friend. She feels known, loved and accepted by her. But when she invites her friend to come for dinner with her family — a family that feels free to eat weird food and, even worse, burst into song with their version of a sentimental classic of longing and homesickness — something shifts and she no longer feels safe at all. What will it be like tomorrow at school? Award-winning illustrator Alfonso Ruano’s art beautifully depicts the depth of feeling that the friends experience in this story from acclaimed author and translator Elisa Amado, about how difficult it is to come from somewhere else and what a difference friendship can make.

Primary ISBN: 9781554989393
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Arrival

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