You and Me

illus. by Peter H. Reynolds. 32p. Abrams. Jan. 2015. RTE $14.95. ISBN 9781419711978. LC 2014000491.
PreS-Gr 1—This tale of feline friendship opens as a skimmer hat is floating in the breeze. A pondering cat reflects on the past and what led to the lucky day on which two furry friends crossed paths. Listing the countless "what ifs," the story unfolds to reveal a chance meeting where the charming pair become one. Verde's rhythmic text floats by in a breathtaking manner, ("Whatever it was that brought us together…That pull, that tug, that mysterious tether"), complementing this heartfelt story of destiny. Reynolds's characteristic illustrations provide a delicate and buoyant representation of the joys of friendship. The artist carefully renders the two felines in a combination of ink, gouache, watercolor, and tea. This title is a wonderful introduction to the concept of serendipity and the magic of true friendship.—Claire Moore, Darien Library, CT
Reynolds's signature light-handed illustrations help bring this tale of fate and friendship to life. A cat ruminates that, if things had been different, it may have never met its forever friend. Advanced vocabulary and a mature sentimentality ("That pull, that tug, that mysterious tether. / Serendipity, perfect timing, all the stars aligning") make this more of a purchase for romantic adults.

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