Friends and Relations: Using Literature With Social Themes, 3-5.

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by Carol Hurst and Rebecca Otis (Northeast Foundation for Children, 2000. ISBN 1892989034. 88 pages. Paperback. $8.50)

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Renowned experts in the field of children's literature recommend eight outstanding books for the upper elementary grades focusing on themes of friendship and family. Ranging from picture books to novels, these selections are rich with possibilities for exploring topics such as loyalty, empathy, conflict, courage, fairness, responsibility, and diversity.

Each book recommendation includes:

  • A detailed summary of the book
  • A variety of activities for enhancing understanding
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