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Book Buzz: Making a Friend

Making a Friend

Written by Tammi Sauer, Illustrated by Alison Friend

Ages 4-7, Harper

Beaver liked to make stuff. He was an excellent engineer and carpenter with… you guessed it… wood. He was very inventive with wood and all the things he could dream up. But there was one thing that he wasn’t very good at: making friends. Who would give a birthday balloon bouquet to a porcupine? Silly Beaver. He just didn’t think sometimes.

One day, in winter, it began to snow. Beaver decided that maybe he could make a friend out of snow. So, he rolled and stacked and patted the snow. Soon Raccoon wandered by to see what was going on and asked if he could help. Together, they rolled and stacked and patted the snow to form a snowman.

But the snowman looked pretty plane with just snow. “I think something is missing,” said Raccoon.

“Raisins?” said Beaver. “How about some sticks?”

“I know! This needs pizzazz,” said Raccoon.

Soon, the two made a very exciting, although very strange-looking snowman. However, it certainly had pizzazz! They made a friend. But the friend wasn’t too responsive to their play suggestions. In fact, he appeared to be kind of cold to them.

Beaver and Raccoon could not contain their disappointment. Even the snowman they made wasn’t a very good friend. The two sat in a snow drift brooding until they realized how much fun they had making the snowman.

Their discovery brings the story home as they begin to enjoy other activities together and thus making new friends… with each other.

Alison Friend’s illustrations are colorful and silly. Beaver and Raccoon are rendered in child friendly colorful forms that invite the eye to follow them throughout the story. The drawings are fun and sweet with just the right touch of blue to represent winter.

One leaves the story with a warm and happy feeling.

About The Author

Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.” He has illustrated over seventy educational books and eleven children’s picture books, one that he authored. When he is not working on books in his studio in Jackson, Mississippi, he is presenting exciting school programs that inspire and astonish students. His programs, listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster, encourage them to be creative in their reading, writing and art. For additional information about Chuck , visit his website:

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