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From the creator of the all-time classic VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR comes a sweetly resonant story about the power of friendship.

When a best friend moves away, it can be painful for the child who is left behind. But the spunky boy in this upbeat story makes up his mind to find his missing playmate. Young readers will cheer on the boy as he braves currents, climbs mountains, and dashes through rain before, finally, reuniting with his friend. A story alive with love and perseverance, brightened with vibrant art and Eric Carle's trademark fostering of imagination.

This deeply personal story for Eric is dedicated to his longtime wife, Bobbie, and it is their bond that inspired the book. For anyone who has ever scaled mountains to be with the one he loves, or for anyone who has simply known the love and joy of a great friendship, this book will strike a resonant chord.

"This story of love and determination is illustrated with Carle's extraordinary signature artwork. For anyone who would cross rivers and scale mountains for a beloved friend, this warmhearted story will create an emotional response. Young readers will learn the value of friendship and its many challenges." -- School Library Journal
"Often dynamic and quite beautiful, these colorful illustrations of the river, the meadow, and so on are abstract in style and show up well from a distance. A picture-book tribute to the strength of childhood friendships." -- Booklist
"The images are beautiful and evocative." -- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399165337
Branch Call Number: Oversize E
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm.


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Jul 14, 2015

Once there were two friends who were always together. But one day the boy was all alone. His friend was gone…

When a dear friend moves away, a determined boy in this exciting story makes up his mind to find his friend. We will all cheer him on as he embarks on an adventure full of humor, fantasy and imagery.

This was a well written and very well illustrated book. Eric Carle had done an outstanding job on using hand painted tissue to create vivid pictures. Overall, a relatively good read.

PimaLib_BeccaB May 08, 2015

A sweet book by Eric Carle, based on a true story.

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ksoles Jan 27, 2014

Readers need only glance at the cover of "Friends" to recognize Eric Carle's signature style: bold lines, splashy colours and brush strokes that teem with energy. And, once again, Carle has produced a picture book that sits outside the norm. The story begins with two best friends who play, dance and tell each other secrets. When the girl moves away, the boy embarks on a quest to find her. The journey, through an intense mountain climb, a dash through driving rain, and a dreamy sleep on a cloud, certainly compels but also borders on too abstract for the youngest readers.

The friends ultimately reunite and then, in an abrupt, out-of-nowhere twist, they get married! The ending may leave children confused and adults both speechless and frustrated but, upon a second read, the story does reveal a sweetness and authenticity that older children can come to appreciate. The author also includes a postscript in the form of a photo of his young self next to a friend he moved away from and about whom he often thinks. Again, this gesture will probably appeal to adults more than to kids but it could provide a valuable teaching opportunity.

Not a book for preschool story time or group sharing, "Friends" will find its place in the laps or at the bedsides of older children who can both appreciate the animated art and contemplate the feeling of loss, the power of perseverance and the value of friendship.


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