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A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  275 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Joan Walsh Anglund became successful with her first book, A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You, in 1958. She's been making books featuring these same round-faced mouthless characters ever since, and her popularity continues to grow. There's something ineffably sweet about her creations, which are based in large part on people and places in her own life-- particularly on her c ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 26th 1983 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1958)
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Lisa Vegan
Jul 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young children ages 3-6
Well, I still own the copy of this book that was given to me when I was 6. I loved it then and I enjoyed it for years. Part of why I felt so fond of it was how I acquired it: Shortly after I turned 6 we were living far from my regular apartment & city, and when it was Halloween we went around the apartment building where we were living ringing doorbells. Hardly anyone was home so I didn’t get much candy. This one older gentleman answered the door and he’d forgotten it was Halloween and he fe ...more
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: very-favorites
So sweet! I loved this as a kid, too. I especially appreciate how "friends" can include cats and dogs, and brooks and trees and the wind!
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young children and parents
Going through books as I (finally) clean out the back room from our homeschooling days. (Turtle here!) I wasn’t exaggerating. Ran across this 1958 edition, which I don’t remember buying or receiving.

It’s a charmingly old-fashioned little book by a mother written for her daughter. She explores the topic of friendship beyond the ordinary, opening children’s eyes to seeing the potential for friendship in animals and nature while offering gentle suggestions in the care and nurturing of friendships.
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightfully illustrated in colour and black and white, this little book explores the joy of friendship.

It not only concentrates on people who become friends but introduces the wind, trees, a cat, a dog and other niceties.

And it ends with the point that everyone in the whole world has at least one friend, and then poses the question 'Where did you find yours?' An interesting question!
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-book, own
I remember reading this book as a little girl-first in French, and then in English. It was a gift from my cousin and very sweet, though I was too old really for the English version by the time I read it.
The art is very lovely as is the simplicity of the writing.
May 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
A nice reminder because sometimes I forget and think that a friend is someone who just needs you to listen endlessly to them.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my childhood favorites, great for all ages and a good reminder that friends come in all shapes and sizes and in and out of your life at different times.
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young children
Shelves: childrens
Gorgeous book. I'm always nostalgic for childhood favorites that I inadvertently encounter in some box in the garage, but this one gave me such a pang. It really was like finding an old friend that I'd forgotten about. All young kids should have a copy of this book. It really is a magical little volume.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
one of my favorite books ever. i found it on our high school library when i was in high school. after i read it, i'll show it to my friends. they'll loved it too, just the way i do. although, they're not a book lover. i was 14 years old, way back then. i'm 27 now and i'll find myself reading it over and over again. :)
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book ever. I got it for a dollar at the library this summer and read it whenever i'm sad. "A friend is someone who likes you. It can be a girl. Or a boy. Or a cat. Or a dog. Or even a white mouse. A tree can be a different kind of friend..." The illustrations just make me want to squish them they're so cute!
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood, art
A Friend is Someone Who Likes You - fifty years ago Joan Walsh Anglund wrote this beautiful and charming little book about friendship - I think I've given away all my copies - it is absolutely a treasure.
Sandra Hurlbert
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by a dear Aunt many years ago. I still love it! I have given it as going away gifts for special friends I have met and left during the years. It is a simple book, but in an age of superficial relationships, it reminds us what is real.
Five stars for the nostalgia factor.

"A brook can be a friend in a special way. It talks to you with splashy gurgles. It cools your toes and lets you sit quietly beside it when you don't feel like speaking."
This was a good book for children. This was my mom's favorite book when she was little. It was sitting on the shelf at the house so I picked it up and read it. I liked it, it was good for being a childrens book but not the best one I have ever read.
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book got me through a lot of hard times as a child. Whenever my "friends" were being jerks to me, or I had to deal with bullies I would pull this out and it would help cheer me up. Simple, and yet so effective and true.
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any parent of little children. It is one of those books that help us learn good values
Oh, this is a lovely book! I am reminded of it by Lee, who has yet to read it to her little pun'kin. It is one of those truly memorable books of childhood that make me smile just thinking about it. Hurray hurray for another timeless classic!
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, meu, before-2000
O forte deste livrinho são as ilustrações.
Tão, tão lindas!!!

Mas o seu conteúdo não se resume apenas às ilustrações.
Usando frases breves e parágrafos curtos diz-se grandes verdades sobre o que é um AMIGO de verdade.

Amo este livrinho <3
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Picked up this gem from a Michigan thrift store. After watching a Sophia the First show about friendship I pulled out all our little books about friends and curled up on the couch to read them to my little ones. It was a sweet time before naps....krb 9/6/16
Jan 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Printed in 1958, this tale is about friends and that they are everywhere. I bought it at a book sale in Lovettsville, VA. It was in great shape and I love to collect older books.
Claire S
Looks sweet, and if the German is simple enough, perhaps a good interim book for my language skills.
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I so loved this little book when I was little and now for that matter!
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
The pictures in this are REALLY GOOD!
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
So cute. Jen, do you remember giving me this book in high school? I'm giving a copy to my daughter for Christmas. Love you Jen.
Emily Ruth
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Completely adorable! This book is not sappy, just touches your heart and makes you remember what a blessed feeling it is to have friends and be a friend. The illustrations are super cute also.
Ishta Mercurio
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Simple, elegant, and honest. This timeless picture book about friendship is one to treasure and pass on.
Sydnee Hulse
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite childhood books.
Sabrina Ardisson
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly sweet.
Lisbeth Solberg
Jun 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
This was a Christmas present from Barb Ohlson. I was 10. I adored it.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So cute. Illustrations are very cute in an old fashioned way.
Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it
A very good friend lent this book to me to read.
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Joan Walsh Anglund is the author and illustrator of more than 120 books that have sold over 50 million copies around the world in 17 languages. For more than 50 years Joan has been writing and illustrating wonderful children's and inspirational books and has produced Dolls, Collector Plates Figurines, Clothing, Greeting cards, Tea Sets, Glassware and a host of other products to numerous to mention ...more
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