Making New Friends

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2020
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Author Biography

I live in Toronto, Canada, with my husband and Ragdoll kitten, Ali.
I studied Library Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto. I'm also a certified TEFL/TESL instructor. Our apartment is very close to High Park which is a 400 acre wilderness park right on the subway system. It's nice to be able to choose between city living and green space on a whim.

I've always enjoyed writing and have been blogging since 2012. As a retired person, I've been taking courses, volunteering, and immersing myself in wholesome artistic activities. Last year I took a Coursera course called "Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest." It was during that course that I decided to write a children's story. I've always wanted to do that because many years of my working life has been spent in libraries. In fact, my first job as a teenager was in the Children's Department of a library.

"Making New Friends" was a fun project that I undertook in honour of my 70th Birthday. Before "Making New Friends," I had already started on another book called "Late Blooms: Inspiration for Seniors" which I started to work on two months after I turned 70.
I didn't want the usual big party for my 70th but chose these special projects instead. I'm very happy that these books are now available for me to share with others. I thought they would only take a few months but, in fact, took almost a year.

Enjoy reading and sharing "Making New Friends"

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Jake and Buddy are two little mice who are tired of the same old routine. When they discover their human family preparing to go to the cottage for the weekend, they decide to tag along, hiding in the picnic basket on the journey. They eat all the food and sleep all the way to the cottage. When they arrive, the two mice sneak out of the basket and start exploring. They meet new mice friends, Chalkie and Ginger, and they have a grand time. Even though Chalkie and Ginger are a bit different, Jake and Buddy like them and enjoy the shared time together.

Jean Janki Samaroo’s picture book story, Making New Friends, is all about the exhilarating power of friendships. The story is told through the dialogue, primarily between Jake and Buddy, with graphic-like dialogue scattered across the page. This can get confusing as it’s not always clear which part of the dialogue comes next. However, with the colorful and creative illustrations, the plot develops nicely as the two mice go on their adventure to the cottage and make new friends. They learn that friendships are important and it doesn’t matter if you’re different. Differences make everything so much more interesting. The author uses simple language to make the story readable by a young beginner reader. This is a fun story as well as being encouraging and educational on the true meaning of friendships. Loneliness is also presented as well as clever ideas on how to overcome it. Overall, a charming story.