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Children's Fiction Friendship

De vrais amis

by (author) Ted Staunton

illustrated by Ruth Ohi

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2020
Friendship, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Emotions & Feelings
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


See below for English description.

Emma cherche à remplacer son animal favori. Elle essaie d’adopter d’autres animaux. Elle ramène un orignal à la maison, mais il est trop silencieux. Elle trouve un phoque, mais il glisse entre ses bras et elle ne peut pas lui faire de câlins. Dans sa quête d’un nouveau meilleur ami, Emma rencontre Frank, un garçon un peu comme elle. Va-t-elle réaliser qu’ils n’ont pas besoin d’avoir exactement les mêmes goûts pour devenir amis? Cette histoire d’amitié célèbre l’ampleur des mondes imaginaires créés par les enfants et la joie de trouver le compagnon idéal.


When Emma loses Dino, her beloved stuffed animal, she must look for a replacement pet. To Emma, Dino was perfect. He hid her broccoli for her and liked the same things as Emma. She begins to consider other pets.Emma brings home a moose, but he is too quiet. She finds a seal, but he is too slippery for hugs. Nobody is just-right like Dino. In her search for a new best friend, Emma meets Frank, a boy who is a bit like her but also different. Will Emma realize that they don’t need to be perfectly matched to get along? This story of friendship celebrates childrens’ deep and expansive imaginary worlds and the wonder of finding companionship. Original title: A Friend Instead

About the authors


TED STAUNTON a écrit plus de quarante livres jeunesse et a contribué à la sériepopulaire Seven. Il joue aussi de la musique folk et blues. Ted se rend souventdans des écoles et des bibliothèques canadiennes. Il donne aussi un cours derédaction au collège George Brown à Toronto. Quand il n’est pas plongé dans un livre, il fait souvent de la musique avec le Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band..


Ted Staunton is the award-winning author of over forty books for young people, including Bounced, What Blows Up in The Almost Epic Squad series, the picture book Friends for Real, illustrated by Ruth Ohi, and the coauthor of the non-fiction title It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . : Canadian Feats, Facts and Flubs, with his son Will. A busy and popular presenter at schools across Canada, Ted also teaches writing at George Brown College in Toronto, and is a roots/blues musician in whatever time is left over. Visit him online at


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Ruth Ohi a illustré plus de 50 livres pour enfants et est l'auteure de certains d'entre eux. Ses livres, traduits en plusieurs langues, se vendent à travers le monde et ont figuré sur la liste de plusieurs prix littéraires prestigieux. Elle vit avec sa famille à Toronto.


RUTH OHI has illustrated more than fifty children’s books — several of which she has also written, including Fox and Squirrel, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend, Shh! My Brother’s Napping, and Scribble. Her books have been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Mr. Christie’s Award, Chocolate Lily, Shining Willow, Blue Spruce and the Governor General’s Award. She lives with her family, and many backyard squirrels, in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Ted Staunton: “Staunton’s tongue-in-cheek text displays both great respect for the imagination of children and affection for his characters.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Ted Staunton: “Staunton’s tongue-in-cheek text displays both great respect for the imagination of children and affection for his characters."—Shelf Awareness

Praise for Fox and Squirrel: [Fox and Squirrel is] “supremely delightful . . . a story that is effortlessly fun and profound at once."—Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Jury Members Review

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