Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

Dial. Jul. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525554233.
PreS-Gr 1–Finding the positive within change, the young girl in this book also finds a close emotional tie with a friend as ‘goodbye’ precedes a ‘hello’ in each moment of her life. As text follows a predictable pattern, pairs of images may move the reader from one season to the next—“Goodbye to snowmen…is hello to puddles.” Or it may speak of loss and things found—“Goodbye to an empty (fish) bowl… is hello to a full heart.” Through small detailed scenes or full-page cartoon digital art, the children’s faces reflect emotions from joy through tears as a friendship grows, until one moves away and ‘goodbye’ leads to a ‘hello’ to the possibilities of tomorrow.
VERDICT From the author of The Rabbit Listened, this suggested first purchase title speaks to social emotional learning, views the passage of time and change through the eyes of a child, and allows a glimpse at the ups and downs of growing up. For young readers in all libraries.–

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