Cy Makes a Friend (Hardcover)

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By Ann Marie Stephens, Tracy Subisak (Illustrator)
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Cy the Cyclops can make just about anything, except a friend. Even practicing skills such a making eye contact and winking doesn’t seem to help. Then Cy remembers that it’s nice to share, so he turns his talent for making things to creating a special something just right for two.

This charming tale about finding a friend celebrates kindness, generosity, and being true to yourself, and features fresh, colorful artwork. An author’s note with information about Cyclopes and many other mythological creates in the book is included.

About the Author

Ann Marie Stephens is the author of several picture books including Scuba Dog, Cy Makes a Friend, and forthcoming titles, Arithmechicks Add Up and Arithmechicks Take Away. She has been an elementary teacher for over 28 years. She was a contributing writer for Kwame Alexander’s The Write Thing, a co-writer for Trait Crate Plus for grades 3 and 5, and has had dozens of original ideas published in Instructor and The Mailbox magazines. Represented by Emily Mitchell at Wernick and Pratt Agency, Ann Marie is a seasoned presenter for both children and adults. She blogs for teachers at When she isn’t writing or teaching, she’s off scuba diving somewhere tropical. You can find her on Facebook, Ann Marie Stephens (AMStephensAuthor), and on Instagram and Twitter @AMStephens_.

Tracy Subisak studied industrial design at the University of Cincinnati. She has design experience in everything from soft goods to consumer electronics. Cy Makes a Friend is her first picture book. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit

Praise For…

Even mythological creatures can be shy...(and) Cy would like Stephens writes in her...plainspoken narrative. Cy decides that a good way to make friends is to...share. (With) Subisak's playful artwork...the lesson in generosity never goes wrong. A tale of encouragement and gumption.' Kirkus Reviews

This well-written, gentle tale with its colorful illustrations...will be a hit with shy kids...A sweet and funny look at dealing with social issues that will resonate with timid children.' School Library Journal

Doubling as introduction to mythological creatures, the theme of this book is how to make friends. The story follows a creative, but friendless cyclops as he figures out how to make friends. The text is easy to read...for early readers. The illustrations...are colorful and active...making the book a good one in a friendship or mythology unit. Recommended' School Library Connection
Product Details
ISBN: 9781629795782
ISBN-10: 162979578X
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 32
Language: English