Friendship requires a lot of give and take, patience, kindness and empathy. Sadly there are some that "give" to "get." That doesn't yield genuine friendship.

Much of what we learn about being a friend comes from how we are raised, what we observe in friendships our parents establish, and our own life experiences. Today's reviewed books are about friendship and the different forms it can take.

Nobody is perfect, and when we stop expecting perfection in someone, the greater chance a true friendship can blossom - one built on trust and belief in the goodness of that person. Remember, the kind of friend you are to others will likely be the kind of friend your child becomes. Make your example worth copying.

Books to Borrow

The following book is available at many public libraries.

"Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle" by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, Mary Nethery, photographs by various credits, Little, Brown, 2009, 44 pages

Read aloud: age 6 - 7 and older.

Read yourself: age 8 - 10.

In the desert of western Iraq, Marine Major Brian Dennis and his ten Marines found a pack of wild dogs, and the leader of the dog pack decided to befriend Brian. Brian named the dog Nubs, and the two became fast friends. Nubs, of course, had no way of knowing Marines weren't permitted to have pets.

Nubs tried to never be too far from Brian, but when Brian and his Marines had to relocate 70 miles away across the desert, Nubs followed. The path was treacherous, with little to eat and almost nothing to drink. When Nubs limped into the Iraqi battalion headquarters where Brian was working, Brian could hardly believe it. Their reunion was wonderful, but Brian knew he had to quickly find a way to save Nubs and get him to his home in America. With the help of many, that's precisely what happened.

An outstanding true story of the love and friendship between a human and a dog, this selection excels in many, many regards.

Librarian's Choice

Library: Carroll County Public Library, 136 Court St., Carrollton, Ky.

Library Director: Hillary Arney

Youth Services Librarian: Leslie Sutherland

Choices this week: "Who Will Tuck Me In Tonight?" by Carol Roth; "What's the Time, Grandma Wolf?" by Ken Brown; "There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea" by Jennifer Ward

Books to Buy

The following books are available at favorite booksellers.

"Chamelia and the New Kid in Class" written and illustrated by Ethan Long, Little, Brown, 2013, 36 pages, 16.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 3 - 6.

Read yourself: age 6 - 7.

Chamelia loves being the center of attention. On the first day of school, Chamelia is doing a song and dance routine about her summer vacation. Her classmates are enjoying her performance until their teacher introduces the new student, Cooper. Suddenly Cooper is the center of attention, and Chamelia is not very happy about that.

With each successive event, Chamelia becomes more and more jealous of Cooper, his talents, and how much the kids really like him. When she finally decides to take serious action to recapture her audience, Chamelia suddenly understands how mean she is being and decides to take a different tactic - kindness and friendship.

A powerful little book on several levels, this selection is a real winner.

"Mario Makes a Move" written and illustrated by Jill McElmurry, schwartz & wade, 2012, 32 pages, $16.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 4 - 7.

Read yourself: age 7.

Mario is a squirrel who likes to invent amazing acrobatic moves. His family is always impressed with Mario's abilities and make certain to tell him so. Much to Mario's surprise, when he executes his best move for his friend, Isabelle, she isn't as impressed as Mario expected her to be. When Mario challenges Isabelle to try his "Amazing Amazer" move, she does, and quite well. This really throws Mario into a tailspin. What will he do now?

A wonderful, funny story about friendship, overcoming obstacles, and problem solving, "Mario Makes a Move" is spot-on in every regard.

Nationally syndicated, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children's literature. She can be reached at her website: