Literature is full of great stories about friendship. Most of these friendships stay in our hearts for a lifetime, guiding our actions every step of the way.
Here is a list of literary friendships that you can introduce to your children.
Literary Friendships to Cherish Forever
When children learn about relationships and how to interact with people of their own age, they are heavily influenced by what they see, hear and read. We may not remember reading stories of friendships as children, but those friendships are etched in our memories.
Most stories involving friendships talk of people who help each other through thick and thin, give sage advice when required, but most importantly share common interests and camaraderie. When we read these stories, they make us long to share the same camaraderie with someone.
Here is a list put together by Priyadarshini Gouthi and Poulomi Roy for the Reader of some evergreen friendships you can introduce to your children.
Harry, Ron and Hermione, Harry Potter series
“Didn’t realize that Ron and I know perfectly well what might happen if we come with you?”
Scout, Jem and Dill, To Kill A Mockingbird
Summer was on the way; Jem and I awaited it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; but most of all, summer was Dill.
Bilbo and Gandalf, The Hobbit
“Farewell! O Gandalf! May you ever appear where you are most needed and least expected!”
George and Timmy, The Famous Five series
“I love him awfully.”
Pip and Herbert, Great Expectations
Herbert received me with open arms, and I had never felt before, so blessedly, what it is to have a friend.
Sherlock and John, Sherlock Holmes series
“Two years. I thought — I thought you were dead. Hm? Now you let me grieve. Hm? How could you do that?”
Wilbur and Charlotte, Charlotte’s Web
“I am going to save you, and I want you to quiet down immediately. You’re carrying on in a childish way. Stop your crying! I can’t stand hysterics.”
Meg and Calvin, A Wrinkle in Time
“Lead on, moron. I’ve never even seen your house, and I have the funniest feeling that for the first time in my life I’m going home!”
Pooh and Piglet, Winnie the Pooh series
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
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Here are a few more literary friendships you might want to explore:
Swami and Mani, Swami and Friends
“I am going to bring Rajan here, bundle him up and throw him into the river.”
Sophie and the BFG, The BFG
“Do you like vegetables?" Sophie asked, hoping to steer the conversation towards a slightly less dangerous kind of food. "You is trying to change the subject," the Giant said sternly. "Weis having an interesting babblement about the taste of the human bean. The human bean is not a vegetable.” "You is trying to change the subject," the Giant said sternly. "Weis having an interesting babblement about the taste of the human bean. The human bean is not a vegetable.”
Matilda and Ms Honey, Matilda
“I have found it impossible to talk to anyone about my problems. But now, all of a sudden I have a sort of desperate wish to tell everything to somebody. I know you are only a tiny little girl, but there is some kind of magic in you somewhere.”