Saturday, November 11, 2017

Book Review & Giveaway - The Friendship Bracelet by Arlene Stewart

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Review by Suze

Clumsy and shy Olivia doesn't have many friends, but fortunately she has Alex. They are inseparable and she feels like her world is falling apart when Alex tells her she's moving to France. What should Olivia do now that she's on her own? Her mother has a craft shop and sells beautiful colorful threads. Olivia and Alex will stay connected through friendship bracelets. However, Olivia isn't the only one who loves them. While Alex is away making friendship bracelets is a great way for Olivia to find new friends. She even starts a club, will Olivia be all right without Alex by her side?

The Friendship Bracelet is a fabulous story about friendship. Olivia is a sweet girl. She doesn't have many friends, but through friendship bracelets she finds other kids like her, kids she can be herself with. She's a sweet and creative girl and I liked that her mother owns a craft shop, which is the perfect feelgood setting. Olivia is insecure and finding confidence isn't easy, which is a great theme for a story. I loved how Arlene Stewart describes the uncertainties of being in middle school. She writes about bullying, family problems and other issues in a beautiful honest way.

I love friendship bracelets and have made a lot of them, so was immediately enthusiastic to find a story built around this fantastic theme. I loved Arlene Stewart's colorful and vibrant descriptions of the bracelets, the different techniques that can be used and the difficulty levels of the designs. It put a big smile on my face and I had a lot of fun reading The Friendship Bracelet because of it. It's a wonderful endearing story with several layers of depth and excellent writing. I really liked this charming special story about friendship and can't wait to read the next one.

Advice 

The Friendship Bracelet is perfect for children between the age of 8 and 12. It's a cute read and it would be fun to read the book and make friendship bracelets at the same time. If you're a grownup and (used to) make your own friendship bracelets this will also be a nice trip down memory lane. Keep in mind that this is the first book in a series.

Giveaway


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18 comments:

  1. I like that it's given by one person to another as a symbol of friendship. According to tradition, one ties a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend who may wish for something at that moment. The bracelet should be worn until it is totally worn out and falls off by itself, at which moment the wish is supposed to come true. I think this is a beautiful gesture.

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  2. I love the way the designs tie together because it reminds me of friendship.

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  3. I love all the pretty colors and designs.

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  4. I love that they represent friendship and also that they are really pretty and colourful.

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  5. I like the thought behind it and also
    Like that it’s still around I remember them when I was a kid. They are pretty as well

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  6. they indicate a bond with another person, and help when you're depressed to realise you're not alone!

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  7. This sounds really good, I like any book with a strong focus on friendship!

    I remember when my friends used to bring friendship bracelets back from holidays a lot, as they made cute, cheap little gifts.

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  8. I like the designs and also you can look at the bracelet during times of trouble and remember your great friend.

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  9. I think back in the day everyone made these lol, and I think my niece Emily would enjoy seeing what we did. I think she'd prob make bracelets for her friends too!!

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  10. the bond that you share with friendship bracelets me and my friend still have ours since we were young

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  11. I love friendship bracelets as they are made with love for a friend.

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  12. They have very pretty colors and designs

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  13. this is fab great to give to my best friend

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  14. It's definitely the thought behind them. My friend from school gave me one many years ago (well it was about 1980 lol) and I have kept it. She knew, even then, that I wasn't girlie and made it beautiful but in blues and greens. Meant a lot then and it still does as sadly she left us 4 years ago.

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  15. Amazing design and gorgeous colours. Thanks

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  16. I like the style and there cute.and you can use them as gifts.

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  17. I love things like this it means a lot to the person giving and receiving it nice for friendship building :)

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