“Meesha Makes Friends” by Tom Percival is a touching and insightful picture book that addresses the challenges and importance of making friends. The story is part of Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series, aimed at helping children navigate their emotions and social challenges.
In the story, Meesha loves making things—she is creative and enjoys crafting various objects. However, she finds it challenging to make friends because she struggles with social cues and doesn’t always know what to say or how to say it. This difficulty makes social situations frustrating for her. But, as the story unfolds, Meesha discovers she has a special talent that can help her overcome these challenges and connect with others.
This book is an excellent resource for professionals working with children, such as educators, therapists, and social workers. It can be used to open discussions about friendship, empathy, and how to navigate social interactions. Activities based on the book can encourage children to explore their feelings about friendship, practice social skills in a supportive environment, and learn to appreciate the unique talents they can offer in friendships.
“Meesha Makes Friends” is not only a story about the trials of making friends but also a celebration of the unique qualities each child brings to friendship. It encourages children to be themselves and shows that sometimes, the things that make us different are the very things that can help us connect with others. This makes it a valuable addition to any professional’s toolkit for supporting children’s social and emotional development.