Laurie Lawlor:  Curriculum Connections

    Curriculum Connections:
    Addie's Forever Friend

    The following resources will provide some background with which to build discussions and activities.

    • Addie and her friend Eleanor are going up in Iowa in the 1880s. During that same time Herbert Hoover, our future President, was also growing up. His recollection of those days were written in 1927 and can be read on the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum Site.

    • Many people immigranted to Iowa from other countries. Stories of immigrants from years past are included in a series published by the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. If you read "Iowa Roots" you will read stories of immigrants from the 1880s and into the 1900s. Compare the experiences of early settlers to those of more recent immigrants.

    Addie's Forever Friends is a prequel to the other Addie tales. In this story Addie and her best friend Eleanor are inseparable. Addie saves her friend in a flash flood and Eleanor teachers Addie to swim. Read these books about friends and then make a list of attributes that friends have for one another -- whether the friendship is in 1880 or in present day. What makes a person a friend?

    Avi. The Blue Heron

      Maggie wants to know why Tucker, a boy she befriends, wants to kill the beautiful blue heron.

    Brooks, Bruce. The Moves Make the Man
      Jayfox and Bix strike up a friendship on and off the courts.

    Byars, Betsy. The Pinballs
      Bounced around from one foster home to another, Harvey, Thomas J., and Carlie are like pinballs. Can pinballs - or abused kids - ever control the game?

    Caeddert, Louann. Friends & Enemies
      William's friend Jim and his Mennonite family refuse to support US involvement in WWII. Can pacifism be patriotic?

    Carmi, Danielle. Samir & Yonatan
      Awaiting surgery in an Israeli hospital, Palestinian Samir finds himself making friend with another patient, Israeli Yonatan.

    Cooney, Caroline. Among Friends
      The "Awesome Threesome" becomes Jennie and the Jealous Twosome.

    Danziger, Paula & Ann Martin.
    P.S. Longer Letter Later
    Snail Mail No More
      Tara*Starr & Elizabeth maintain their friendship through letters, then e-mail.

    DiCamillo. Because of Winn-Dixie
      India Opal Boloni, the new girl in town, makes friends thanks to her recently adopted stray dog, Winn-Dixie.

    Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy
      Harriet learns important, but difficult lessons about relationships, when her friends find her journals, where she records her honest - often painfully honest - observations about them.

    Fogelin, Adrien. Crossing Jordan
      Cass and Jemmie develop and maintain a strong friendship in spite of their parents racist objections.

    Gabhart, Ann. A Bridge to Courage
      Luke must pay the price for failing the Truelander gang's test of courage.

    Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lilly's Crossing
      Lily is fascinated by her new neighbor, albert, a refugee from Hungary.

    Holt, Kimberly Willis. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
      Toby and Cal befriend Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, abandoned in a small Texas town by the owner of a traveling freak show.

    Konigsburg, E.L. The View from Saturday
      Mrs. Olinski didn't choose the five sixth grade students in the Academic Bowl team; they were drawn together, like a magnet. And no one could have guessed what a perfect team - and what a perfect group of friends - they would become.

    Lynch, Chris. The He-Man Women Haters Club
      Johnny Chesthair.
      Babes in the Woods.
      Scratch & the Sniffs.
      Ladies' Choice.

      He-men - Steven, Jerome, Ling Ling, and Wolfie - have got to stick together.

    Marsden, John. Letter from the Inside
      Mandy and Tracey are pen pal friendship changes their lives in unexpected ways.

    Nelson, Theresa. Earthshine
      Slim joins a support group for kids with HIV-positive relatives, and finds friends who understand what she's going through.

    Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi
      Liyana is a Palestinian girl; Omer is an Israeli boy. They could never be friends, could they?

    Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terebithia
      Leslie, the new girl, changes Jess' life. When he loses her, can he remember and learn from everything that she had taught him?

    Perkins, Lynna Rae. All Alone in the Universe
      How could Maureen abandon Debbie for boring Glenna?

    Philbrick, Rodman.
    Freak the Mighty / The Mighty
    Max the Mighty
      Separately, they're just "Mad Max" and "the Freak", but together, they're "Freak the Mighty". Then Max helps Worm, a little girl in desperate need of a friend.

    Rochman, Hazel, editor. Who Do You Think You Are? Stories of Friends and Enemies

      Smith, Doris Buchanen. A Taste of Blackberries. [FIC Smi]
      Remembering some of his favorite things is a good way to come to terms with the death of your best friend.

    Spinelli, Jerry. Crash
      John Coogan got his nickname "Crash" from crashing into things - by accident and on purpose. Little Penn Webb is one of his favorite targets.

    Sweeney, Joyce. Free Fall
      Two brother and their best friends go spelunking, and get lost. Uh-oh.

    Taylor, Mildred. The Friendship
      Why does Tom Bee, a Black man, insist on calling the town's white store owner by his first name?

    Taylor, Theodore. The Cay
      Timothy tries to teach Philip everything he needs to know to survive, when his ship crashed and leaves him stranded on a uncharted island.

    Vail, Rachel. The Friendship Ring
      If You Only Knew.
      Please, Please, Please.
      Not That I Care.
      Popularity Contest.
      Fill in the Blank.

      Seventh-graders, Zoe, Morgan, CJ, Olivia, and Tommy are trying to manage their complicated and ever-changing friendships.

    Voigt, Cynthia.
    Bad Girls.
    Bad, Badder, Baddest
    It's Not Easy Being Bad.

      Mikey and Margalo and bad girls, who cause all kinds of mischief in fifth, sixth and seventh grades.

    Wilson, Jacqueline. Bad Girls
      Good girl Mandy is fascinated when bad girl Tanya moves in next door.

    Winick, Judd. Pedro & Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
      Jeff's life was changed when he joined the cast of MTV's The Real World - not by the show itself, but by a friend that he made on the show: Pedro Zamora, the HIV positive AIDS educator.

    Woodson, Jacqueline. I Hadn't Meant To Tell You This
      What should Marie do when Lena, a poor white girl at school, entrusts her with a terrible secret and makes her promise not to tell?

Addie's Forever Friend. Illustrated by Helen Cogancherry. (1997) Albert Whitman & Company. ISBN: 0807501646. 124 pg. Historical Fiction.
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