Hello, Friend

Publisher: Macmillan

Review

A little girl befriends a little boy in her class – they run around in the playground, play with stuffed bunnies, share their lunches: she even helps him put his coat on at the end of the day. But does the little boy like her as much as she likes him? Perhaps he’s a little shy. Yet, in the end, the little girl’s continued attention pays off, and it’s time to make another new brilliant new friend.

Rebecca Cobb uses minimal text with great clarity and precision in this warm-hearted picture book about making friends. It’s a perfect read for little ones starting school or nursery who might be a bit nervous, reassuring them that there will be lots of other children who want to make friends.

Cobb’s hugely expressive coloured pencil and ink illustration has just the right warmth and cuteness while ably showing the anxiety of the shyer child too. This is a subtly emotional picture book, perfect for adults to use to talk about feelings and fears as well as friendships and consent.

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