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Forsythia & Me Hardcover – January 4, 2011

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Chester adores his best friend, Forsythia, and he is breathless with admiration at her amazing feats. She makes him a tall, layered birthday cake and then flies right out of it; she grows shining purple roses that bloom in the middle of winter snow; she can play piano while standing on her head; and she has tamed the ferocious animals at the city zoo so well “that they never arrive late for tea.” Then there is a reversal when Forsythia is not feeling well, and Chester performs amazing feats for her. He rearranges all her stuffed animals, gives her a bouquet of her namesake flower, and plays “Chopsticks” on his accordion for her with only 13 mistakes. The young audience will welcome the wild, imaginative play and the story of loyal friendship, all captured in the winsome ink, watercolor, and pencil illustrations. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman

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 “Kirsch's spindly ink drawings and lavish detailing (Forsythia's bedroom curtains are splendiferous with individually drawn flowers), along with Forsythia's preposterous achievements, evince an appealingly batty aesthetic.” —Publishers Weekly

“Kirsch’s sketchy black-and-white cartoons with splashes of color are reminiscent of those in Kay Thompson’s “Eloise” books. The illustrations, combined with the measured pace of the text, give the book an elegant air that is as timeless as its message.” —School Library Journal

"The young audience will welcome the wild, imaginative play and the story of loyal friendship, all captured in the winsome ink, watercolor, and pencil illustrations." —Booklist
 
 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374324387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374324384
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,579,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Vincent X. Kirsch is an artist, designer, toymaker and writer of books, film and television projects for people of all ages.

Mr. Kirsch's first picture book Natalie & Naughtily was published in the fall of 2008 by BloomsburyUSA Publishing. The book was selected for the 2008 Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
He has subsequently completed two additional titles:
Two Little Boys From Toolittle Toys / BloomsburyUSA / Spring 2010
Forsythia & Me / Farrar Straus Giroux / Winter 2011
The Chandeliers / Farrar Straus Giroux / Winter 2012

Mr. Kirsch got his start in advertising agencies specializing in Broadway and film accounts. He had been involved in things theatrical since his youth. He had minored in scenic design and filmmaking at Syracuse University. His scenic design work lead him the stages of the Williamstown Theatre Festival where he became an artist-in-residence under the nurturing gaze of Nikos Psacharapoulos. He designed sets and posters for seven summer seasons of the productions there.

At the same time he was designing and illustrating book jackets for such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Luigi Barzini and F. Scott Fitzgerald. An accidental spilling of India ink on scratchboard resulted in a completely unusual, original black and white illustration style. The black and white, as well as color work, has continued to appear regularly on the pages of The New York Times Book Review & Op-Ed pages, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and a wide array of magazines.

Coincidentally, the work on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times landed Mr. Kirsch a three-year job designing and directing the windows of Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. His work with mannequins and small window spaces lead to the creation of three-dimensional characters and revived a fascination with puppetry and Victorian toy theaters.

He has worked and experimented on these projects steadily since leaving Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-nineties. For three years, Mr. Kirsch was Visual Merchandising Director for Dean & Deluca, overseeing the merchandising and branding for all the stores in North America.

Mr. Kirsch currently lives in Brooklyn Heights.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on October 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Forsythia does things that amaze Chester. She has prize-winning purple roses that she can make bloom in winter. She performs in the circus and at the ballet. She has even tamed the animals at the zoo so that they never arrive late for tea. One day when Forsythia wakes up with a cold, Chester discovers he can be amazing too in Forsythia & Me (2011) by Vincent X. Kirsch.

Forsythia & Me is one of my favorite stories to read aloud at story time. With a great example of positive roles for boys and girls, humor, and fun text and drawings this one is a definite winner.

Kirsch's illustrations combine delicately detailed line drawings with looser touches of water color paint. The combination creates bold page spreads with characters that stand out in bright, cheerful colors.

Kirsch's story has the feel of a tall tale as Chester details Forsythia's many exploits. At least until Forsythia gets sick. Then Chester (and readers) comes full circle, realizing that any number of things can be amazing when it comes to cheering up a friend.

Forsythia & Me brings together a charming story and intricate illustrations to create a delightful book about two equally amazing friends.

Possible Pairings: Boy + Boy by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino, Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway, Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis, Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator by Mo Willems
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By M&M on May 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Why did I read this book to my daughter every night for, like 2 months straight? Because she wanted to read it every night? It's because I (bold type) wanted to read it every night. (Truth is, she wanted to read it every night for about a month, but I kept it going another month). We originally found it in the public library, and meeting the max number of times of re-check outs, bought our own in Amazon. Why do we love it? Kind of the same reason we like avocado ice-cream popsicles. It's unique, witty, and gets better after each lick. The author's other books are good too, but this is our favorite right now.
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By megan on March 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
After happening upon this book at the library with my kids, it immediately became a new favorite in our family. We now hold it in the same esteem as classics by Bill Peet, William Steig, Oliver Jeffers, Leo Lioni, etc. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
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By Nancy Gagne on November 22, 2014
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Well love book.
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