Author: K.B. Bateman
ISBN 978-1-62137-013-0 (softcover)
In K.B. Bateman's endearing book, Friends It Is!, the animals at Skylark Farm are very diverse in nature, yet they always treat each other with great kindness and respect. When a new little animal is brought to live at the farm, they are at first surprised by his different appearance and also quite curious, but that does not keep them from being kind and respectful to him. They welcome him to their family, and out of this acceptance wonderful new friendships are born. This book gently shows us that we can all get along too if we keep an open mind and heart about accepting and appreciating diversity. Readers of all ages will love the gentle, inspiring message of peace, as well as the beautiful illustrations of "Friends It Is!" If only we were all fortunate enough to live in a place like Skylark, where everyone is kind and gets along nicely regardless of their differences. What a marvelous world that would be!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K.B. Bateman is on a mission to promote peace in the world. One of the first steps in bringing this about is to help people understand that diversity is not something to fear, but rather something to be valued. In order to reduce conflict, we must show respect to others who are perceived as being different in some way, whether due to appearance, culture, political beliefs, or religion. In Friends It Is!, the author gently leads the reader to see that diversity does not have to lead to conflict or be a barrier to friendship. We can all get along if we are willing to have an open mind and heart and treat each other with respect regardless of our differences. When the author lived at her beloved Skylark Farm, she witnessed this principle in action daily amongst her animals. Even the barn cats and chickens lived in harmony, and if they can live side by side without conflict, she feels that surely we can too if we all do our part. Readers of all ages will be sure to appreciate the inspiring message of peace found in her beautiful book, "Friends It Is!"
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