Friendship Has No Color – Hardcover



This journey shows the true meaning of, friendship has no color. Max, being the new kid at school, is made fun of because his appearance is different. His friends Emily, Timothy and Billy defend him but unfortunately their efforts fall short in convincing the other kids to play a game of soccer with them. This all changes when … the Warrior of Good Values appears! Would it be enough support, to convince the other kids that they were wrong?

Being uniquely different and embracing each other’s differences, help us understand that even though we may look different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside.


Recommended for children ages 3-8 years old


Price: {$18.99 US / $24.99 CAD}

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Weight .352 kg

3 reviews for Friendship Has No Color – Hardcover

  1. Jack M. ~ Readers Favorite Reviews

    Friendship Has No Color: Timothy’s Lessons In Good Values is a children’s social issues picture book written by Christopher Gordon. It was Saturday morning, and Emily was thrilled to see that a new family was moving into her neighborhood. The boy she saw looked about her age; he had a cool hairdo and was carrying a skateboard. Emily asked her parents if she could welcome the newcomers after she finished her breakfast. The new boy’s name was Max, and he would be attending the same school as Emily. She promised she’d introduce him to her friends on Monday. Max and Emily actually ended up in the same classroom where she introduced him to her best friends, Timothy and Billy. At recess, Emily and Max went out into the playground where a soccer game was in progress, but the kids wouldn’t let Max and Emily play. Why not? Seemed like no one would be playing until the Warrior of Good Values showed up.

    Christopher Gordon’s Friendship Has No Color is a thought-provoking and well-written story that will get children to realize the things which make us different make us better. I was taken aback by Jason’s attitude and his assumption of privilege and loved how the author used the Warrior of Good Values to help Jason realize that a person’s looks have nothing to do with how they should be treated. The illustrations are bright and colorful and reinforce the plot of the story. Gordon also includes an activity page where young readers can discuss social issues and can color the characters introduced in the story. Friendship Has No Color: Timothy’s Lessons In Good Values is most highly recommended.

  2. Emily-Jane Hills Orford ~ Readers Favorite Reviews

    We’re all different, from our skin color to our hair, from the color of our eyes to how tall, skinny, or plump we are. Each difference makes us unique, special. But the differences don’t define us. These differences don’t make us different. We’re all the same inside. Emily has a new neighbor; his name is Max. Emily’s skin is light brown because her mother has dark skin and her father has white skin. Max’s skin is very dark and he has really curly hair, which Emily admires. At school, she introduces Max to her friends, but the first recess is a challenge when Jason, with his white skin and straight hair, and his cronies decide that color makes Max and Emily different and they can’t join in the soccer game. It takes a hero to settle this difficult issue on differences so in pops the masked Warrior of Good Values to set things straight.

    Christopher Gordon’s picture book story, Friendship Has No Color, has a positive, valuable lesson on morals and acceptance. The two main characters, Emily and Max, are introduced at the beginning and they lead the plot through the challenge of differences and how some children (adults, too) can pinpoint inconsequential differences and make them into a big deal, an issue all too common in today’s society. Racism is a complex issue, but it doesn’t have to be. In this story, the children are all visually different and some of their differences are categorized, but only to make it clear that differences do exist, but only visually. As Jason, the antagonist, learns and admits, “We are all the same, no matter how we look on the outside!” The colorful illustrations help lead the story along. And the author has provided a couple of worksheets at the end to help young readers understand racism and how we can look different without being different. A powerful message we all need to understand.

  3. Barbara Fanson ~ Readers Favorite Reviews

    Friendship Has No Color is a subtle lesson in being nice to everyone—no matter the color of their hair or skin. Another in Timothy’s Lessons in Good Values series, this story features several children having a discussion about the new kid at school. Author Christopher Gordon has introduced a new book that will open up all kinds of emotions and responses from children. In the beginning, Emily accepts Max into the neighborhood right away—even though his skin may be a little darker. But when Max goes to the new school, Jason isn’t so willing to accept differences. How would you feel if you were the new kid? How would you react if you saw someone like Jason make a mean comment about the color of Max’s skin? Would you join in the bullying, say something to Jason, or would you stay quiet and not say anything? Teachers and parents will like the reactions of other children and can encourage a discussion of what we can do to curb racism and bullying.

    Bold, colorful images will draw children into Friendship Has No Color, and the story will keep them interested. I believe children will be filled with all kinds of questions and emotions after reading this story. A subtle reminder for parents reading with their children that racism doesn’t belong in schools or playgrounds. Teachers will like how the interesting story will evoke discussion. Author Christopher Gordon includes a variety of children in this book that are special in their own way. Children need more books like this with mirrors and windows. A mirror is a story that reflects your own culture and helps you build your identity. A window is a resource that offers you a view of someone else’s experience. (Emily Style introduced the concept of “mirrors and windows” for the National SEED Project.)

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