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Friends Hardcover – November 19, 2013

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–A boy describes his devoted affection for a friend with whom he plays, dances, and shares secrets. Then she moves away, and he is all alone. He misses her terribly and vows to find her. Readers will cheer his bravery as he crosses a swift river, climbs over a steep mountain, and travels through a dewy meadow and shadowy forest to find her. Ultimately, he stumbles across a flower garden. With a bouquet in hand, he finds his friend, reunites with her and (playfully) marries her. Both are humorously shown in oversize adult apparel, holding hands. The concluding page shows a scanned photograph, taken in 1932, of the author and a long-lost friend at age three. This story of love and determination is illustrated with Carle's extraordinary signature artwork. Layers of tissue paper and acrylic paint create a unique blend of colorful images. For anyone who would cross rivers and scale mountains for a beloved friend, this warmhearted story will create an emotional response. Young readers will learn the value of friendship and its many challenges.–Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A boy’s best friend moves away, but he is determined to find her. After swimming across a wide river, he falls asleep under the stars. He walks across a broad meadow and through the rain. He falls asleep and dreams of floating on a cloud. Awakening in a deep forest, the frightened boy runs until he reaches a garden, where he gathers flowers and gives them to . . . his friend. They play together. They get married. It’s an odd, dreamlike story for a picture book, yet the artwork is strong and unmistakably Carle’s, created with painted tissue papers, usually as collage elements. The children appear only in the book’s beginning and ending sections; in between, seven double-page spreads illustrate the story of the boy’s travels, without any human figures. Often dynamic and quite beautiful, these colorful illustrations of the river, the meadow, and so on are abstract in style and show up well from a distance. A picture-book tribute to the strength of childhood friendships. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399165339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399165337
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By CPM on November 19, 2013
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I completely agree with the previous reviewer. I had been awaiting this book, as I pre-ordered it months ago. Very disappointed after reading it when it arrived today. Even my 3-yr-old son was like "huh?" at the end of the book. Not only was the story strange, but the "abstract" pages were a big disappointment compared to Carle's illustrations we've come to know and love. I am a big EC fan, but this book seemed like it was created in 5 minutes and was more of an "inside joke" with his wife, for whom the book is dedicated. I wish I had something better to say, but I just don't. I am going to a wedding this weekend and I am so grateful to the previous reviewer for suggesting giving it as a wedding gift!
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We love Eric Carle books.... this one was not as expected. Since we just moved I purchased 2 of theses books, one for my daughter and one to send to her "best friend". My daughter is almost 3. The book is really geared more towards adults and what adults will endure to make a relationship last. I debated keeping the books to give with wedding presents etc. Ultimately returned the items because they were just not what I expected and my daughter was not interested.
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By Modi on November 22, 2013
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My 4 year old granddaughter recently moved and I preordered this to cheer her up because she was missing her friends. While she has friends who are boys and girls, the idea of finding your long lost friend and marrying him was not what I was looking for to cheer up a 4 year old girl. I love Eric Carle's illustrations but these were uninteresting. The book gave me the feeling that it was done quickly with very little imagination or inspiration. I plan to return it.
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I purchased this for my 2-year-old granddaughter and intended to get it for her best friend. I am so disappointed. It is a simple story, and it is colorful, but it is not suitable for a young child. They won't get it. I will put it away and try again when she is older. I would say she needs to be at least 5. After reading the other reviewers, I may be wrong. Perhaps it may really be an adult book.
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Kind of weird for children. Kids don't marry and even kindergarten kids didn't get it. They had lots of questions and didn't seem to enjoy the story.
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Done in Eric Carle’s hand-painted tissue-paper collage style, Friends is a cute story about a boy’s quest to find his best friend. It seems to be have been inspired by a real-life event in Carle’s life where he moved away from a friend when he was little and never saw her again. In the story, however, the little boy does find his friend after a long journey through rain, over a mountain and across a river, among other things. The collage illustrations are bright and heavily textured, evoking movement even in their static statement. This would be a good book to consider reading to a child who has a friend moving away or who is upset about a friend leaving. It will probably be most enjoyable for preschool and early elementary aged children.
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Like other reviewers, I was disappointed by this book. I ordered it for my daughter's class book exchange. The cover looked cute and it was Eric Carle, how could it miss? Other than the illustration style, this is nothing like the other books. The story is odd, it doesn't make too much sense, and then randomly throws in an unexplained marriage at the end. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. I've been mulling it over since it arrived today and I'm just not sure this is a book I want my daughter bringing to her preschool class.

Now I'm looking at a late night run to the store to find something else for the book exchange.
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"Friends" by Eric Carle is new picture book made by acclaimed author of children books mostly known for his earlier work "Very Hungry Caterpillar".

This time theme of his book is one of particularly difficult situation for the children when best friends must separate because one of them relocates.
Though in real life it's not always possible, the main book character managed to overcome all obstacles to find the "lost" friend, not giving up on the road no matter how difficult it was.
And that beautiful message in a figurative sense should be given to children, emphasizing how important is persistence when we pursue the worthy goal.

It is always difficult to write another book after some time has passed since the last book, and behind yourself you have a rich career full of successful editions.
The audience expectations from this edition were great but unfortunately the latest Carle's book in terms of quality is of a bit lower level than it was the previous ones.
Still, young reader can enjoy his distinctive illustrations, but what is missing is joy and humor that existed in his earlier works, instead delivering simple story with minimum text.

So if you haven't read the earlier books of this great children's author, I suggest that you first give them a chance.
And if you already have them all in your collection, I suggest you browse through this book before purchasing in order not to be disappointed if your child won't like it.
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