Meet Brown - the least used pencil in the box. He's tall, geeky and lonely. Brown envies Red, Purple, Blue and all the other pencils who have fun colouring and playing together. Dark Green is trustworthy, Pink listens well, Orange has fun and everybody likes Red! Brown doesn't smile very often because he doesn't get used much and hardly ever needs sharpening. When Brown asks the other pencils why one likes him, he discovers that to have friends, he needs to be a good friend. If Brown learns to use all of the friendship skills the other pencils have, he can make friends and have fun too! In her trademark clever and humorous fashion, author, Julia Cook, teaches kids of all ages (and adults too!) how to practise the art of friendship and getting along with others. This title is the first in a Happy to Be, You and Me series of books focusing on relationship-building skills for children. Included in the book are tips for parents and teachers on how to help children who feel left out and have trouble making friends.
Julia Cook is a former teacher and school counsellor who has written more than a dozen books for children as well as several activity books for teachers. She has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award.