The Friendship Collection
April 15, 2015

The early years at primary school are an important time.  It’s when young children learn how to build friendships and get along in social situations.

Our Friendship Collection of Touch to See books are a fun and enjoyable way to encourage children to think about the importance of friendship and how we need to be tolerant, supportive, loyal and open-minded.  They are all suitable for blind and partially sighted children aged 5 -7 years.

•    Fantastic Daisy Artichoke
•    A Cultivated Wolf
•    Little Beaver and the Echo
•    Sleepy Dormouse
•    If We Had a Sailboat
•    Little Lumpty
•    Mole’s Sunrise
•    Willoughby Wallaby
•    Lost and Found
•    Nestor

The collection includes the classic Quentin Blake tale of Fantastic Daisy Artichoke.

Tactile picture of Fantastic Daisy Artichoke

Told in clever rhyme by Daisy’s two young friends – “She’s got three fat cats we like to stroke and a pond in which she likes to soak…She isn’t quite like other folk!” – it celebrates someone who is slightly eccentric but still very lovable.

We also recommend Oliver Jeffer’s contemporary classic, Lost and Found.

Tactile showing the boy and penguin from Lost and Found

This beautifully illustrated story is about a little boy who finds a sad, lost penguin and returns him to the South Pole.  It’s only when he leaves the penguin that he realises that it was sad because it needed a friend.  The two are reunited at the end of the story.

Mole’s Sunrise by Jeanne Willis is another gentle tale of friendship.

Tactile picture from Mole's Sunrise

Blind library member, Jodee, reading Mole's Sunrise

Mole’s eyesight isn’t very good as he spends most of his life underground.   One morning his friends take him on a walk and help him to appreciate the beauty of a sunrise by describing it to him.  He realises that the imagination is a powerful tool for painting pictures in his mind.  Children love the tactile pictures of Mole’s house and his friends, Vole, Squirrel, Sparrow and Rabbit.

If you’d like something a little more humorous then try A Cultivated Wolf by Pascal Biet and Becky Bloom.

Tactile picture of A Cultivated Wolf

As a hungry wolf descends on a farm looking for a tasty meal he’s surprised to find the animals are so engrossed in their books they don’t even notice him.  In order to get accepted he has to learn how to read.  After a slow start he soon becomes “cultivated” enough to join their reading group.  This book provides a good place to start a discussion about how we might sometimes need to learn new social skills in order to fit into a group.

To borrow any of the books in the Friendship Collection or to find out more about how our Touch to See picture books can be used as a teaching resource please ring us on 01635 299771 or search our online library.


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