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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Blessings of Friendship Treasury

I'm already a Mary Engelbriet fan, and this newest picture book has reinforced my feelings in a big way. Her artwork is so much fun, and The Blessings of Friendship Treasury not only showcases it, but it also features a collection of "timeless sayings, poems, and Bible verses that teach the true meaning of friendship."

This treasury is presented beautifully in a large slipcovered hardback format. Every detail of The Blessings of Friendship adds to its keepsake quality, from the colorfully decorated inside cover pages to the marvelously "Mary" content inside. There are a few boy characters featured, but most of the pictures feature girls, and overall, this book will appeal to girls (and their moms.) 

Some of the illustrations are full pages, suitable for framing if you could bear to remove them. All of the pages of text feature fun fonts and more illustrations, making this book a perfect real aloud choice with plenty of visual interest for young listeners.

Selections include inspirational quotes and Scripture verses, along with full poems from authors like Shel Silverstein. The Blessings of Friendship is the type of book that you can read from cover to cover or flip through from time to time for inspiration. It's pretty enough to leave out on the coffee table for all to enjoy.

This celebration of friendship is sure to become a treasured keepsake. 

{The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.}