A Friend Like You

November 2, 2011

I love this book! I highlighted this book at the AllWrite!!! Summer Institute this past June. The large photograph illustrations are spectacularly unique. Your students of all ages will want A Friend Like You.

Tanja Askani lives near Hamburg, Germany. She provides a home for many injured animals. The photos are of these animals and the interesting relationships they have with each other. In the back of the book, each photo has some background information, giving you a glimpse into the animals’ lives.

The short text focuses on the qualities of friendship. It lends itself to a group discussion on how to treat others, friendship roles, and building a class community.

Savorings for reading and in writing for A Friend Like You:

  • Compare/Contrast
  • Hybrid Text
  • Sentence Structure – short enough to focus on specific grammatical structure (and fun too!)
  • Photographs – brilliant! (see Tanja Askani‘s website for more)
  • Sense of community