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Intergenerational friendship, Retirement home, Children’s books about the elderly, Visiting retirement homes, Children’s books about retirement, Children’s books about aging, Intergenerational children’s books

Tony's New Friend
by Karen Anne De Santis

Little Tony is looking for a new friend. He meets Forrest who lives nearby in a nursing home. Tony soon discovers the benefit of helping others and realizes that he can make a difference in someone's life. Follow Tony and Forrest as their new friendship develops.

Tony's New Friend is a story that will appeal to all ages.


Little Tony stumbles across a retirement home and meets Forrest, an elderly man new to the home. Tony offers Forrest his time and friendship, and Forrest tells him stories from his life. Tony learns the value of connecting with the elderly and shares this knowledge with his class.

Tony's New Friend is a story of intergenerational friendship that will appeal to elementary school children, teachers and our seniors.

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Karen Anne De Santis is an author and retired elementary school teacher from the Greater Essex County District School Board. She lives in Tecumseh, Ontario with her husband Ciro and Miniature Schnauzer named Luigi. She has two grown children, James and Anthony, who are characters in her stories.

Karen was inspired to write this story after being involved in a “Grandpal Program" at school for over 15 years

(a program where the students in her class would write letters to residents and then visit their facility on a monthly basis). “There are so many elderly people in this world that need companionship. It doesn’t matter how old the participants are. Let’s all make a difference in the lives of others: one visit at a time. Intergenerational programs work.”


Karen Anne De Santis
Amanda Barkley

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