326B: Warmth Of Friendship In A Smooth Stone (Solved!)

I am hoping you can help me find a book I remember from my childhood (probably 40 years ago).  The book was about a young girl who lived in an apartment (I believe) and was very lonely.  Another young girl moved in and they became best friends.  One of the girls found out her family was moving and she was very sad and worried about making a new friend.  The first girl gave her a smooth stone and told her when she was lonely to hold the smooth stone and she would feel the warmth of their friendship.
At least this is how my memory recalls the story. LOL!

If I recall correctly the cover had a light blue background and the girls were sitting on the steps of the apartment building.
I have tried to Google search this to no avail.

I am assuming that this book may no longer be in print.  Thanks for any help you can provide.

6 thoughts on “326B: Warmth Of Friendship In A Smooth Stone (Solved!)

  1. I LOVE this book. “The Magic Friend-Maker” by Gladys Baker Bond
    Illustrated by Stina Nagel. Originally published: 1966 Cover as you described.
    Amazon used: $50. Original: $261.73

    However, Little Golden Book came out with a 1977 edition. Has red cover and pictures 3 little girls. Amazon used: $20

    It is such a precious story and still very pertinent to today especially when people are moving often and with the painted rock trend. Such a simple concept but so helpful in the sometimes awkward moments of making new friends. Hope this helps.

    • Thank you so much! This means so much to me to finally find the correct title!! I’m so sad I don’t still have my original book and I’m not sure where or when it was lost to me.

      • Just wanted to say thank you for bringing this book up. I had it as a child in the early 90s and didn’t realize the story was nearly in its third decade of reprints. It was one of my favorites; I would read it to my babysitter every single time she came to watch me. I had a version wherein the friends pictured were of different races, and I was able to find that version on Amazon because of your stumper. So thank you both!

  2. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you all!! I have been trying to find this book for years! I was 5 years old when I had it and I loved it. I am so happy I could cry!

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