Between Friends

Entre Amigos

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 05/31/2022
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

Follow multiple friends from diverse ethnic backgrounds and learn how to create meaningful friendships in the colorful, bilingual children’s picture book, Between Friends: Entre Amigos by Juliana Anthony and Elena Gaona. Who is a friend and how do friends act toward each other? According to the text, a friend is kind and compassionate. They are there when you fall and when you are sad. Asking for help from a friend is also okay. A friend will step in and help you when you feel overwhelmed and they will be happy for you when you are successful. Other important characteristics of friendships are explored and the book also explains the importance of values such as love, respect, and authenticity in creating healthy, long-term friendships.

Through bright, multi-colored illustrations, Between Friends explains what friendship involves. I loved that the book’s messages are also helpful to adults but specifically crucial for children during their formative years. Its lessons will help them navigate and evaluate friendships as they establish relationships with others. I also loved the book’s appreciation for diversity and its depiction of friendships between children from different ethnicities. Its bilingual text will be useful for children who understand either or both of the languages used. The language used is also easy and can be understood by the intended audience. The book also contains many creative ideas of how to develop a friendship and activities that friends can take up together. With enlightening lessons and endearing illustrations, Between Friends by Juliana Anthony and Elena Gaona is a wonderful picture book that children will love.

Diana Lopez

Friendship is very important. Many moments of our lives are spent in the company of our friends. But what defines friendship? Between Friends: Entre Amigos explains all the characteristics of friendship. A friend is there for you when you need them, and helps you when you need it. But they will also be there emotionally when you need to be heard and will give you an honest opinion, even if it's not entirely pleasant. A friend will feel good for you when you achieve some goal and will open their heart to you and at the same time respect your personal space. Juliana Anthony and Elena Gaona have created an excellent bilingual book where you can learn in English and Spanish about the true qualities of friendship.

It is wonderful to find books like Between Friends because not only is the content authentic and educational, but the presentation is very eye-catching. I loved the number of colors and shapes in each drawing. You can see the effort and attention to detail. The bilingual aspect also pleased me because the phrases that can be learned through this book are very useful and give positive messages. Kindness and honesty are characteristics of a good friend, and as well as these qualities, there are many more that can be learned in a very fun way by following the book. Juliana Anthony and Elena Gaona give us a lesson that is very special in several aspects. Their dedication makes this a magnificent book that will help children to be good friends.