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I Have a Friend


By Judith Inglese
40 pages
ISBN: 978-1935874225
For children ages 3 – 6

I Have A Friend is the story of Henry and his imaginary friend, Vladimir, who leads the way to adventure. Vladimir is from Iceland, but sometimes he lives right next door. He flies a plane, a hot air balloon and drives a tractor. His forklift is so powerful, it can even pick up a 60-pound turkey! He has a rabbit named RABBIT and a talking bird named Charlie who can say Pound Cake and Charlie Bird. His dog, Hoss, can run as fast as a car, and he isn't even afraid of thunder. In the story, big and small, and old and young are fluid concepts. Judith Inglese, award-winning artist and illustrator, was inspired by the storytelling of her three-year-old grandchild who had a fanciful friend named Vladimir. She has complemented her tale with simple collage illustrations that are visually appealing to young children and are as creative as Henry's imagination.



A lovely book for young children that explores their world of interpersonal relationships through imaginary friends and role play. A must-have for any parent with imaginative children who live and learn in a world of fantasy and play. Beautifully illustrated with a combination of drawings and collage, this book will grow with your child as they will find new ways to relate to Henry and his friends. I can’t think of a more perfect book to read at bedtime to send my little one off to dreamland.”

Buttons and Books

I Have a Friend combines the love and respect of a mother with the creative power of her child’s mind in that very early period of life when the mental boundaries between what adults call imagination and external reality are not yet firmly established. Would that we might all as children experience the kind of mothering that could help us to retain some of this capacity as adults, as Judith Inglese has so impressively done in this wonderful combination of understated narrative with truly beautiful artistic expression. This is a book with a moral lesson for parents every bit as powerful as its narrative fascination for children.”

—Michael Robbins, MD, Psychoanalyst, former Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and UCSF
author of The Primordial Mind in Health and Illness: A Cross Cultural Perspective

About the Author/Illustrator

About the Author/Illustrator
Judith Inglese has been designing and fabricating ceramic tile murals for public environments for more than thirty years. Her commissions include libraries, schools, hospitals and municipal and institutional buildings like the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Her murals often focus on the play and imagination of children as well as cross-cultural exchange and community. Illustrating the I See the Sun series has given her another medium for examining these themes and celebrating children around the world.

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