The Buddy Bench

The Buddy Bench

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A school playground can be a solitary place for a kid without playmates; in one survey, 80 percent of 8- to 10-year-old respondents described being lonely at some point during a school day.  

Patty Brozo’s cast of kids brings a playground to raucous life, and Mike Deas’s illustrations invest their games with imaginary planes to fly, dragons to tame, and elephants to ride. And these kids match their imaginations with empathy, identifying and swooping up the lonely among them.

Buddy benches are appearing in schoolyards around the country. Introduced from Germany in 2014, the concept is simple: When a child sits on the bench, it’s a signal to other kids to ask him or her to play.

Title:The Buddy Bench
ISBN:9780884486978
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    The Buddy Bench Reviews

  • La Coccinelle

    I'd actually never heard of a "buddy bench" before reading this book. It's a neat concept. Basically, the playground has a bench where kids can go and sit if they need someone to play with; if other k...

  • Bea

    I had heard about the buddy bench concept before but didn't know much about it so when I was offered the book, I said yes. I did have some reservations about it as I tend to avoid message books but th...

  • Miss Amy

    This Tilbury House Treasure is my 2019, to be released in August, favorite book of the year so far. The Buddy Bench by Patty Brozo and illus. by Mike Deas is a gem. Written in a beautiful lyrical voic...

  • Irena

    wonderful story time book for the beginning of school year, highly recommended, and it rhymes too...

  • Jennifer

    The Buddy Bench is not just a picture book, but also a movement in schools. The book follows children on the playground who are left out for different reasons: broken leg, stuttering, and new in class...

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    The Buddy Bench by Patty Brozo, illustrated by Mike Deas. PICTURE BOOK. Tilbury House, 2019. $18. 9780884486978BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ADVISABLEAUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGEWhen the class runs outs...

  • Mary

    A few months ago, when I first planned to post about The Buddy Bench this week, I hoped more kids would be in school in person... and that those who were going to school in person would have close-to-...

  • Barbara

    As most students and teachers know, recess is a treasured time to have a little break from routine activities. It's also a time to play and get to know classmates. But when Miss Mellon's students head...

  • Diane

    “Want to join us before recess is done? How come you’re just watching? That can’t be much fun.”At recess, there are several students who are not involved in the games and fun. Will starts to g...

  • Shannon Hackney

    This is a heartwarming story about how when children are being left out, they can end up making friends. The children all have different reasons as to why they were not playing with others and why the...