Publisher: Puffin

Having a special friend is a wonderful thing - someone you can play, run and dance with and someone to share your secrets. But if that friend has to move far away from you, it can be hard to bear.

The young boy in this beautifully presented picture book is determined not to be left alone and sets off to find his friend wherever she may be. As he braves icy river-water, dark nights in the open, and steeply mountainous terrain, the images in the book change from conventional to abstract as they reflect the boy's quest.

A delightfully improbable ending crowns this story of friendship lost and regained which is fabulously illustrated in vivid colour with Eric Carle's distinctive collage technique.

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