What kids learn:
- How to address a misunderstanding
- When (and how) to say, “I’m sorry”
- Sometimes, even good friends part ways
When a girl is snubbed by a friend and is afraid the friendship is ending, our problem solver Arizona jumps in to help.
As readers have come to expect, Arizona responds to the letter writer with a tale of her own about a friendship she almost doomed herself—inadvertently, due to bad timing and miscommunication.
You can find our Ask Arizona story on pages 40-41 of the June 2017 issue, or read the brief recap below. Then, use the conversation starters and reading comprehension questions that follow to explore the issue and share a heart-to-heart with your child.
Recap: A reader who signs her letter Giving Up in Galveston says a formerly close friend is now too busy to make time for her—and Giving Up wants to know if it’s time to give up on the friendship.
Arizona reveals that she once almost lost a friendship unintentionally, by spending time with a new friend while neglecting one of her best friends Mareya. Only after Mareya let Arizona know she felt hurt did Arizona realize her mistake. Thanks to Mareya, Arizona learned the importance of talking honestly with friends and not giving up too soon on a friendship. But as Arizona reasoned, if discussions with a friend don’t solve the problem, it’s OK for kids to move on to other friendships.
- Describe a time you had a misunderstanding with a friend. What was the problem? Were the two of you able to work through the issue? How did you do it?
- Did you ever make a new friend and accidentally ignore someone you had been close to?
- What can you do to avoid favoring certain friends or making other friends feel unwanted?
- Name a few reasons you might end a friendship. Can you name a few reasons you might become friends with someone?
- Have you ever hit it off right away with a new friend? Why were you able to become good friends so quickly?
Reading Comprehension Boosters:
- Name four things Arizona and Madison had in common. (Bonus points if you get all seven!)
- How was Arizona’s friendship with Madison different from Arizona’s other friendships?
- Name at least two things Mareya did in Florida.
- What was the difference between Florida and California, according to Mareya?
- Arizona forgot to do something over the weekend that she said she would do. What was it?
- Why do you think Mareya burst into tears? What are some things Arizona did that may have contributed to Mareya’s hurt feelings?