Friends With A Difference

USA News Best Book Awards Finalist Best Children’s Book
San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention Best Children’s Book

Illustrated by Carol Dixon

Sally has Down Syndrome and her animal friends also have special needs. Her friends work together towards a common goal driven by love and friendship.


USA News Best Book Awards Finalist Best Children’s Book
San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention Best Children’s Book

Friends helping friends is the theme of this special children’s book by Ellen Dittman Pope. Beautifully illustrated by artist Carol Dixon, the characters come to life with their message of friendship. Meet Sally and her unique animal friends who work together to make their lives better. We all have personal challenges and this story shows how understanding and love can make a difference in everyone’s life.

What People Say

Truly a Masterpiece I urge all educators, counselors, psychologists, social workers and administrators to read Ellen Pope’s book for the appropriate guidelines in their workforce. —W. J. Coward, Ph.D./Ed.D.

Friends With A Difference is a delightfully fresh book on those with ‘differences.’ An enjoyable read that encourages those with ‘differences’ or ‘disabilities’ to continue to try and succeed. The ability of the author to show how careless people can cause harm to innocent animals is also enlightening. We all need to do our part to help keep our environment safe for all those around us, people or animals. The artwork is excellent and refreshing and could be used for illustrative purposes in art classes. Through the use of animation and personification, animals accept those around them who may be different in many ways, which is what they do in real life. This is a ‘must read’ for anyone, especially younger children to aid in teaching diversity. –Robbyn L. Thompson, B.A., M.A. in Specific Learning Disabilities, Certified in Behavioral Disorders (excluding Autism) K-12

I have never seen a book more suitable for special needs children in my whole thirty-seven year career of teaching public school. This awesome book is brilliantly illustrated, and the story line moves smoothly along as characters meet each other. As friend meets friend, wonderful feelings replace sad ones as each character discovers the joy of being needed and of overcoming his disability. Love and friendship is the core of the story. Any child or adult reading Friends With A Difference will easily bond with this child and her animal friends. —Ruth Ann Dayhoff, Teacher: K-8, Pleasants County Public School, Pleasants County, West Virginia

Year Published



Ellen Dittman Pope






12 x 9

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Illustrated by Carol Dixon




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