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A Circle of Friends

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  25 reviews
In this wordless story about a circle of kindness, a boy leaves the lion's share of his fresh muffin with a homeless man sleeping on a park bench. When the man awakes, he shares crumbs with two birds that feed them to a fledgling. ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Star Bright Books (first published May 1st 2003)
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Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Summary: This wordless picture book begins with a boy receiving money from his mother. He purchases food with the money and decides to share his food with a man that is homeless. As a result, it snowballs into a “pay it forward” situation as the homeless man then shares some of his crumbs with the birds. Eventually, the circle of kindness makes it all the way back to the boy.

Evaluation: I really like how this book is black and white except for a small pop of color in each picture. There is enoug
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Circle of Friends is a touching story of generosity about a little boy who goes to a bakery to buy a sweet but then feels bad for a homeless man sleeping on a bench. That’s when a cycle of kindness starts where each time someone receives something, the good deed is spread further, and in the end, a reward returns to the little boy who started this circle of friends. The book has a straightforward storyline with a wonderful message that any child can understand.

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Bernadeh Mokhatas
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Circle of Friends by Giora Carmi is a truly enthusiastic and inspiring wordless picture book, which is told entirely through illustrations and have the influential characteristic of being in black and white with a little bit of color highlight. This book has the powerful message of being kind to others. The author by his book tries to teach the reader how it is important to give things to people that are poor. In this wordless story, a boy leaves his fresh muffin with a homeless man sleeping o ...more
Tarnisha Tolliver
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Circle of Friends by: Giora Carmi

Many wordless books are filled with vibrant colors and illustrious illustrations that depict a story with little to no words. This story, however, is mostly black and white with only the main characters or objects in full color. As the reader turn each page there is something different in full color while everything else is black and white. Because of this particular style of illustration, the reader will assume that the object or person in color is significan
Makaley Boyd
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
this wordless children's book told the story of a little boy getting money from his mom. He buys a muffin and decides to share it with a homeless man. The homeless man shares with the birds and it becomes a circle of people paying it forward and not being selfish. I thought the storyline was really cute and I was able to understand and follow well. The pictures were a unique style instead of being full of vibrant colors the author uses mostly black and white and on each page only one thing is co ...more
Giselle Aguilar
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely in love with all books that are black and white and include minimal pops of bright colors in the key ideas between the pages. This book follows this same technique. While I imagined a story in my head as I was reading, I didn't imagine a particular voice reading it to me besides my own mind trying to label the actions that were occurring. As said, the pops of color truly helped a lot in creating a plot in my mind. What I 'read' from this book would be that kindness goes a long wa ...more
Jennifer Endsley
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I like this book better than the other wordless picture books that I have read because the storyline was easier to understand and to interpret. The book is about a kid who gets money from his mom to buy a treat from the bakery. The kid passes by a homeless man and the kid gives him the bread. The homeless man then gives some of the bread to the birds that he saw sitting in a nest. The birds then gives it to their baby. This books talks about the importance sharing and how one kind act can impact ...more
Kaitlyn Harp
What goes around comes back around, and that's what this book shows. Kindness is a trait that everyone should have and it's demonstrated in a perfect way. A young boy leaves his muffin for a homeless man that is sleeping on a bench. When the homeless man awakes, he's so happy to see a muffin. As he's eating he leaves crumbs for the birds, who take the crumbs to their babies. In the end, the baby birds go to the homeless man, who gives them seeds and they plant them in a flower box. The next day ...more
McCall DiLorenzo
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Circle of Friends tells the story of how a little kindness can spread and create beautiful results. This book has lovely pictures that have they important details of each image colored. The coloring directs the readers' attention and carries them through the story. This book shows kindness through pictures and encourages readers to create their own stories of kindness. ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
#Wordless #Generous #YoungReaders #PictureBook #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #amreading A virtuous cycle.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wordless book about a boy who does something nice for a homeless man and in return the circle of kindness continues.
A Circle of Friends by Giora Carmi tells a story, through sparse, but effective illustrations, and an absence of text (wordless) of the "powerful effect that a single gesture can have" (front inside dust jacket). Within each image, Carmi focuses the reader's attention through the use of a single spot of color against a cross-hatched, sepia ink backdrop. The action is simple and yet profound, as each recipient of a kind and generous act, reciprocates a kind and generous act to another. Carmi uses ...more
Alyse Erickson
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: tl-307
In this wordless story, a boy anonymously shares his snack with a homeless man, and inspires a cycle of good will. Within each image, Carmi focuses the reader's attention through the use of a single spot of color against a cross-hatched, sepia ink backdrop. The action is simple and yet profound, as each recipient of a kind and generous act, reciprocates a kind and generous act to another. Carmi uses a small tale, to create a large message, that is, that each of us has something of value to give, ...more
Nov 09, 2013 added it
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This wordless picture book would be great to share with students to teach about caring, doing good deeds, and sharing. I think it can be used for multiple grades, but the main lesson being that good deeds get paid forward, and if you help someone, it will somehow be paid forward. Eventually, many people will benefit from the one good deed you did, and it will eventually come back to help you. I think there are numerous lessons that could go along with this book at any age.
My book buddy colleague just shared this with me today, and I wanted to share with all of you. It’s a marvelous, wordless picture book with a touch a color on some pages, circling through a story of a boy, a homeless man, and a bird. The sketches are in brown tones, beautifully rendered, and each page made me hold my breath as I wondered what would be next. My friend who shared with her early primary students said the students were mesmerized.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march
This book was really cute and it had lovely illustrations and a great use of color, but is seemed a little silly too me, and a little too convenient. Kids need to learn that while this kind of thing it nice, life rarely works out as perfectly as that. Sometimes you do nice things for people and they aren't very grateful in return. That's just how life is and there's nothing wrong with that. ...more
Marcy prager
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is another wordless book to show the power of caring, and how one good deed "pays it forward." A Circle of Friends is a charming, lovely book! Again, it is universal, so that all students have access to the meaning of life and friendship. I intend to use it with my ELL students so they can tell the story in their own words and learn the power of the unwritten story. ...more
A great story to show the effects of kindness. Beautiful illustrations that show "what goes around, comes around." Could be used in the classroom to teach children that kindnesses go on and on. A great book for children. ...more
Aug 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing illustrations....this wordless story is about giving. I loved it. I did have to change my rating from a 5 to a 4 though. While I love this book, I would like the book to have a cover makeover and a name change....I think it then may appeal to me and others more.
Natalie Cottam
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
love this wordless book that illustrates perfectly how the good you put out there will eventually come back to you.
jenna Hudrlik
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
wonderful book with no words, it is basically about Karma, what goes around comes around by focusing on being respectful to people and animals.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: character, age-4, wordless
A simple book mostly black and white except the colored focus on the generous gift that gets given each page and how it makes the receiver feel. It is a pay it forward type story with no words.
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
great illustrations
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful story told through illustrations. Great to use in the classroom to get kiddos thinking and talking!
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This wordless story shows readers that often times "you get what you give". ...more
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