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Friends
ISBN: 9780399165337
Author: Carle, Eric
Publisher: Philomel Books
Published: November 2013
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: A tale of childhood friendship by the award-winning creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar features a spunky boy who ventures across rivers, over mountains and through rainstorms to reunite with a best friend who has moved away, in a story that is complemented by Carle's signature painted paper collage artwork and dedicated to the author's longtime wife.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Library of Congress Subjects:
Friendship; Fiction.
Voyages and travels; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012048850
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 9.50" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Early Elementary
Grade level(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):  Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children’s stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.
 
While his best-known work is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has sold millions of copies the world over, he is also the creator of such classics as The Very Busy Spider, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Quiet Cricket.
 
Mr. Carle lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.
 
Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children’s stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

While his best-known work is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has sold millions of copies the world over, he is also the creator of such classics asThe Very Busy Spider, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Quiet Cricket.

Mr. Carle lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
When friends are separated because one moves away, the boy travels through fields, clouds, forest, and flowers to find the girl and marry her. The ending may not resonate with children, but the journey is beautifully conveyed through Carle's text and art. The author's note makes this less a children's book than an adult's wish fulfillment.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 September #5)

A boy and a girl are fast friends: "Together they played and ran and danced and told each other secrets." When she moves away, the boy "took a deep breath, counted to ten," and sets out on an arduous journey to reunite with her. Using the hand-painted tissue paper collages that have been his signature for nearly five decades, Carle (The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse) composes the core of the book impressionistically, employing the boy's literal and emotional viewpoints (while leaving the boy himself entirely unseen) as he crosses a wide river and a tall mountain, sleeps beneath skies filled with stars and clouds, and tries to remain steadfast in a forest, where "Dark shadows danced around him. E-e-e-k!" The images are beautiful and evocative, but there may not be enough in this story to hold every reader. Although the boy reappears in the final pages (he emerges from a flower garden bearing a bouquet for the girl, whom he marries), very young readers may wonder where he went, while older ones may yearn to see him in action. Ages 3–5. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 September)

PreS-Gr 2—A boy describes his devoted affection for a friend with whom he plays, dances, and shares secrets. Then she moves away, and he is all alone. He misses her terribly and vows to find her. Readers will cheer his bravery as he crosses a swift river, climbs over a steep mountain, and travels through a dewy meadow and shadowy forest to find her. Ultimately, he stumbles across a flower garden. With a bouquet in hand, he finds his friend, reunites with her and (playfully) marries her. Both are humorously shown in oversize adult apparel, holding hands. The concluding page shows a scanned photograph, taken in 1932, of the author and a long-lost friend at age three. This story of love and determination is illustrated with Carle's extraordinary signature artwork. Layers of tissue paper and acrylic paint create a unique blend of colorful images. 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.—Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJ

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