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A heartfelt picture book about the versatile beauty and power of friendship
This hopeful picture book touts empathy and friendship. It’s normal to feel sad sometimes, but our friends can be the best antidote. Karl Newson’s simple text and Clara Anganuzzi’s heartwarming illustrations present the perfect example of how being a good friend means learning how to support and listen to those we care about most.
About the Author
Karl Newson writes for the children’s book blog The Mudwaffler Club and contributes to The Creative Attic, an online publication of illustrated poetry. He is the author of For All the Stars Across the Sky, illustrated by Chiaki Okada, Little Owl’s Bedtime, illustrated by Migy Blanco, The Same But Different Too, illustrated by Kate Hindley, and A Bear Is a Bear (except when he’s not), illustrated by Anuska Allepuz. He lives in England.
Clara Anganuzzi would draw on every surface she could find as a child growing up in Seychelles. She enjoys using a mixture of traditional techniques to create narrative images and characters with subtle, gentle humor. She lives in Bristol, England.
A fresh take to the “it’s okay to be who you are” theme for young readers. While the focus of the story is on how different friends might react in a time of need, young readers will be introduced to a buffet of calming and self-regulation techniques, perhaps even finding things they can already relate to themselves. . . This book would surely be on Mister Rogers’s shelves, and is recommended for any SEL collection where books about empathy, understanding, and friendship are needed. —School Library Journal