Forever Friends

By the same illustrator as The Little Yellow Leaf and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, Carin Berger‘s Forever Friends charts the relationship between a bunny and bird through the changing seasons. Both the storyline and the pictures are much simpler than in Berger’s other books, perhaps making it more accessible for small children. Booklist: “In this tender, simple story, an invitation to play in the spring sunshine turns a bluebird and a brown bunny into fast friends. The sprightly pair continues to frolic from spring to summer to autumn, until the cold air of winter approaches and the bluebird migrates south. The winter months are lonely ones for both friends, but finally, as the seasons come full circle, the two are joyfully reunited. Berger’s superb, stylized cut-paper collage illustrations, constructed from lined and graph paper and magazines, depict sylvan landscapes with graceful curves and airy compositions that echo the simplicity and gentleness of the tale. A reassuring, poetic story that will give young children much to ponder any time of the year.” Giggle factor: not applicable; this is quite sentimental instead. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on September 22, 2010.

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