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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061915289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061915284
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—A blue bird and a brown rabbit frolic together through spring, summer, and fall. By late autumn, the bird announces that it must fly south but promises to be back once the weather warms up again. The rabbit spends the cold winter months missing its friend, while the bird longs for the bunny. Before long, spring returns and the two are reunited. The succinct prose touchingly expresses the value of friendship between these two very different creatures. Although they must spend a portion of the year apart, there is still the promise of more good times to come, which shows young readers the value of patience. The cut-paper collages created from paper products range from old books to ticket stubs. The effect is enchanting, giving each detail a unique design. The color scheme is also indicative of the various seasons, where spring is most represented by bright green, summer deep blue, fall golden brown, and winter soft lavender dusted with white.—Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library
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Fans of Berger’s The Little Yellow Leaf (2008) may recognize the stars of this early picture book, which touches on migration and seasonal change, separation, and the lasting nature of true friendship. In this tender, simple story, an invitation to play in the spring sunshine turns a bluebird and a brown bunny into fast friends. The sprightly pair continues to frolic from spring to summer to autumn, until the cold air of winter approaches and the bluebird migrates south. The winter months are lonely ones for both friends, but finally, as the seasons come full circle, the two are joyfully reunited. Berger’s superb, stylized cut-paper collage illustrations, constructed from lined and graph paper and magazines, depict sylvan landscapes with graceful curves and airy compositions that echo the simplicity and gentleness of the tale. A reassuring, poetic story that will give young children much to ponder any time of the year. Preschool. --Kristen McKulski

More About the Author

Carin Berger is an award-winning designer and illustrator. The Little Yellow Leaf was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. She is the creator of OK Go!, Not So True Stories & Unreasonable Rhymes and All Mixed Up, and the illustrator of Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, by Jack Prelutsky, and Trailblazers, by Bobbi Katz. She won the Society of Illustrators Founder's Award in 2006. Carin Berger lives with her family in New York City.

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The artistic beauty of this book is breathtaking.
Beth Spencer
This delightful story of friendship, paired with mixed media illustrations, will be a favorite for children ages 3-6.
Catherine W. Hughes
The little bird began to call to the bunny singing, "Hello! Come play!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth Spencer on May 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The artistic beauty of this book is breathtaking. Each page turn reveals a true work of art. But beyond that, the honesty about friendship is astounding and welcome in a book for young children. True friendship grows between rabbit and bird as they find ways to play together despite their differences -- a lovely and timeless theme in picture books. FOREVER FRIENDS goes deeper, though. The friendship is tested by separation: the bird flies away for the winter, leaving the rabbit lonely in the forest -- we see their separate experiences of winter, apart, in parallel and almost wordless scenes. The anxiety of the question "will my friend return" is one every child suffers, usually as silently as little rabbit does here. When bird soars onto the next page, the delight, relief, and pure happiness that transform rabbit (and somehow the entire gorgeous springtime forest) were echoed in my son's face as we read it together. Probably in my own, as well. What a beautiful gift this book is.
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Format: Hardcover
Winter was just about gone and a little blue bird sat on a branch looking down at a hollowed out log where a little brown bunny was sleeping. Spring had begun. The trees were blossoming and little slivers of grass were starting to grow and a whimsical dragonfly was flitting above the log. The little bird began to call to the bunny singing, "Hello! Come play!" He extended a blossomed branch to the bunny who reached up for it. Before long they were fast friends.

The little brown bunny hopped and bopped around as the blue bird swooped down to play with him. They played among the flowers and the bird sat on a red polka dot mushroom as the bunny peeked out from under its cap. Soon summer arrived and they played by the pond in the dark, trying to catch fireflies as they lit up the sky. When fall came around, they played with acorns and oak leaves. Soon the bird said to the little brown bunny, "Now I must fly south." He had promised to come back, but would the little brown bunny's forever friend return?

This whimsical tale of a "forever" friendship will delight young children. The story was very simple, but very appealing as the two forever friends played though the seasons. It is a tale of separation at the end, but of course the friends were eventually reunited. The lovely collage is quite well done, so much so that with the exception of graph and lined paper, it looks as if the pages were painted. This is a lovely quaint tale that your little one will ask for time and time again, one that you may wish to add to your collection!
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Format: Hardcover
I loved Berger's last picture book, The Little Yellow Leaf, and as soon as I heard about her latest offering, I knew I had to see it.

In this story, a blue bird and a bunny form a fast friendship. Over the course of the year, they enjoy spending time together, until the fall, when blue bird must fly south for the winter. Bunny waits for the return of his friend and blue bird finds their separation just as difficult. In the spring, they are joyfully reunited, with another pleasant year ahead of them.

Collage is one of my favorite mediums, and Berger uses sharp, exactly cut, found media to strong effect. Most of the pages feature lined notebook or graph paper backgrounds. Many of the flowers and trees are cut from magazines with a only a smidgen of the original words remaining. In many ways, Forever Friends reminded me of that old favorite, The Golden Egg, by Margaret Wise Brown; classic, simple, and true. The bunny asleep in the log, especially seemed to hearken back to Brown's original. The theme of friendship despite their obvious differences put me in mind of a much younger version of the Toot and Puddle series by Holly Hobbie, a little bit too. Short declarative sentences, paired with several pages of wordless frolicking make this book a natural for very young audiences.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on July 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As the spring buds blossomed, a bunny and a bird embarked on a friendship. They played all spring and all summer, straight till the end of fall. Then, the bird had to migrate for winter. The lonely bunny missed the bird through the cold winter months, only to wake to the bird's beautiful song come spring. This delightful story of friendship, paired with mixed media illustrations, will be a favorite for children ages 3-6.
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