When children learn about relationships and how to interact with people of their own age, they are heavily influenced by what they see, hear and read. We may not remember reading stories of friendships as children, but those friendships are etched in our memories.
Most stories involving friendships talk of people who help each other through thick and thin, give sage advice when required, but most importantly share common interests and camaraderie. When we read these stories, they make us long to share the same camaraderie with someone.
Here is a list put together by Priyadarshini Gouthi and Poulomi Roy for the Reader of some evergreen friendships you can introduce to your children.
Scout, Jem and Dill, To Kill A Mockingbird
Summer was on the way; Jem and I awaited it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; but most of all, summer was Dill.
Sophie and the BFG, The BFG
“Do you like vegetables?” Sophie asked, hoping to steer the conversation towards a slightly less dangerous kind of food. ”You is trying to change the subject,” the Giant said sternly. “Weis having an interesting babblement about the taste of the human bean. The human bean is not a vegetable.”
Matilda and Ms Honey, Matilda
“I have found it impossible to talk to anyone about my problems. But now, all of a sudden I have a sort of desperate wish to tell everything to somebody. I know you are only a tiny little girl, but there is some kind of magic in you somewhere.”