What Is a Friend?


Illustration of a little girl thinking.
Written by Paula Sullivan,
Emmajean Quinn, and Bobbi Sue Egan from Federal Furnace School in Plymouth, MA
Illustrated by Darcy Schwartz

Dedicated to friends everywhere.




Special thanks to the Massachusetts Department of Education whose funding supported teachers and parents in the development of this story. © CAST, 2004


Illustration of a chair.
Friends play together. Is this a friend?

Illustration of a girl rolling a ball at a chair.
No, a chair can’t play with you. But…


Illustration of two girls playing catch.
…Susie can play catch with you.


Illustration of a table and chair.
Friends share. Is this a friend?



Illustration of a boy trying to share a cookie with a table.
No, a table can’t share with you. But…

Illustration of Dan sharing his cookie with a friend.
…Dan can share his cookies with you.

Illustration of a tree.
Friends talk to each other. Is this a friend?



Illustration of a girl asking a tree to play with her.
No, a tree can’t talk with you. But…

Illustration of two friends playing a board game.
…Tom can talk about games with you.




Illustration of a rock.
Friends help each other. Is this a friend?




Illustration of a boy falling on a rock.
No, a rock can’t help you. But…

Illustration of a girl helping her friend up.
…Mary can help you when you get hurt.

Illustration of a television.
Friends read books to each other. Is this a friend?

Illustration of a girl reading next to a television.
No, a TV can’t read with you. But…

Illustration of two friends reading together.
…Sally can read a story with you.

Illustration of a puppy.
Friends call each other on the phone. Is this a friend?

Illustration of a boy talking on the phone next to a puppy.
No, a dog can’t call you. But…

Illustration of two friends talking on the phone.
…Timmy can call you on the phone.

Illustration of a goldfish.
Friends like to laugh with you. Is this a friend?

Illustration of a boy telling a goldfish a joke.
No, a fish can’t laugh with you. But…

Illustration of two friends telling jokes.
…Cindy can laugh with you.

Illustration of two friends.
Are these friends?

Illustration of friends.
Yes, friends can play, share, talk, help, read, call, and laugh with you.

The End!