That's What Friends Are For by Florence Parry Heide

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With a sly wink, Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Van Clief offer a valuable lesson about true friendship, brought to life in vivid collage by Holly Meade.

"If I had a bad leg," says the crab,
"I would get rid of it and grow another one."

"It’s nice of you to give advice,"
says Theodore.

Theodore the elephant has hurt his leg and can’t meet his cousin at the
end of the forest. What a pity! Of course, all the other animals are more than willing to give him advice. After all, that’s what friends are for - isn’t
it? Florence Parry Heide’s unmistakable dry wit rings through this clever
cumulative tale of a long-suffering elephant, his well-meaning friends, and a straight-shooting opossum who reminds them all what being a real friend means.

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Sylvia Van Clief collaborated with Florence Parry Heide on a wide variety of books and songs, including the children’s collection entitled "Songs to Sing About Things You Think About," with Ms. Van Clief composing the music and Ms. Heide writing the words. Sylvia Van Clief died in 1974.Holly Meade (1956-2013) wrote and illustrated IF I NEVER FOREVER ENDEAVOR. She earned a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in HUSH! A THAI LULLABY by Minfong Ho. She also illustrated AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN by Tom Brenner; ON THE FARM, IN THE WILD, and IN THE SEA by David Elliott; and many others.
Published May 1, 2003 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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“Nonsense,” declares practical opossum, “Friends are to help.” If Theodore can’t go to his cousin, the friends will bring his cousin to Theodore.

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