Complied by Paul Janeczko, Very Best (almost) Friends is a wonderful book of poems for friends of all ages. The poems in this treasury are as varied as a circle of friends. Some of the poems are humorous, while others tug at the heart. This collection, written by some of today's best-known poets and authors, was chosen with a meticulous eye and ear. Open this book and find gems like "Friendship" by Walter Dean Myers. In this poem he describes the special thread that makes two friends. There is also the funny "Another Poem to Send to Your Worst Enemy" by Colin McNaughton. In this poem one friend is calling the other names like "flat-foot-duck-toed-knocked-kneed-sweat"! Also included: "Finding a Way" by Myra Cohn Livingston, "Jim" by Gwendolyn Brooks, and "To You" by Karla Kushkin.

Other poets featured include Charlotte Zolotow, John Ciardi, Betsy Hearne, Nikki Grimes, Jeane Steig, and Judith Viorst.

The addition of Christine Davenier's lively watercolor illustrations alongside each poem brings an overall beauty to the book. A powerful book for the ear and eye, Very Best (almost) Friends makes a perfect gift for that special little -- or big -- friend in your life.

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