Friendship Carousel

Chronicle. Jan. 2023. 18p. Board $12.99. ISBN 9781797207919.
PreS-K–A fantasy carnival ride provides the backdrop for a meditation on love and friendship. An ethnically and culturally diverse crew of smiling children boards a festive carousel sporting an array of unconventional mounts, including rabbits, butterflies, and peafowl. Adages such as “Friends love your dots and stripes” and “Friends help you find your wings” imbue the text with a refreshingly offbeat wisdom. The illustrations, with their quirky graphic art sensibility, resemble a circus sideshow deconstructed and abstracted into zany paper dolls.
VERDICT Its distinctive look and endearing message make this book a valuable first purchase.

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