List of figures.
Friends within a social world: the early years.
Differences in children s friendships: links with social understanding.
With a little help from my friends.
Intrigues, bullying, rejection and loneliness.
Girls, boys and friendship.
Parents and Friends.
Siblings and friends.
Appendix: How can parents help children over friendship difficulties?.
"This magical new book by Judy Dunn explores the development of friendships in young children. She draws on close observation of toddlers, pre–schoolers and school children to demonstrate the role of intimate friendships in encouraging children to share ideas, coordinate pretend play and express affection for those that are not kin. This book will inform the practice of professionals who care for young children and intrigue parents who will see immediately how the friendships of their own children are the spur to imagining what s in the mind and heart of another." Kathy Sylva, Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Oxford
"Judy Dunn, one of our most astute chroniclers of children′s social lives, provides a fascinating glimpse into the often neglected world of children′s friendships. Using real–life illustrations from her own studies as well as rich insights from novelists and biographers, she convincingly shows the important place of friends in children′s development. Parents as well as professionals will learn much from this timely and readable volume." Ross D. Parke, Director, Center for Family Studies, University of California Riverside
"Children′s Friendships is a beautifully written account of children′s early friendships by Judy Dunn, the leading international authority on childhood development." Primary Times, 29th Nov – 7th Feb 2005
"The excitement, the pleasures, problems and humour, the compelling intensity of these relationships with friends (and enemies) in writers′ early lives and their fiction are interwoven in Children′s Friendships with the present–day examples from the children in Dunn′s research and that of others." SirReadaLot.org, January Issue.