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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399165339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399165337
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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You can't go wrong with Eric Carle.
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Ultimately returned the items because they were just not what I expected and my daughter was not interested.
MC
This beautiful story is dedicated to the child in us.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MC on November 19, 2013
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Topgma on November 20, 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Irene Dansby on November 27, 2013
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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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By Afef on July 8, 2014
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This beautiful story is dedicated to the child in us.
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This book is a nice book, but not our favorite Eric Carle book. We like all of Carle's books,though.
Dale
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As children, there was always someone there who wanted to spend time with you. You and your friend have so many good times that you wish it would never end. For one child in Eric Carle's latest book, he'll do whatever it takes to find out where his best friend is.

The book focuses on a little boy and a little girl who are the best of friends. They do everything with each other, an they always have a great time. But one day, the girl was nowhere to be found by the boy. The boy is determined to find his friend on a imaginable journey through his eyes.

All in all, "Friends" is a nice read, but not very memorable. The story is practically a little too short, and it's a bit confusing and strange to understand while reading. However, Carle's signature illustrations are truly what helps this book have appeal. In the end, "Friends" is not an Eric Carle classic but worth reading.

Final Verdict: A nice passible read, from Eric Carle, about a forgettable-but-unique story on friendship.
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