|Goodbye, friend! hello, friend!|
Author: Doerrfeld, Cori
A gentle story about the difficulty of change ... and the wonder that new beginnings can bring.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 509930
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/19)
School Library Journal (07/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/07/19)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—Finding the positive within change, the young girl in this book also finds a close emotional tie with a friend as 'goodbye' precedes a 'hello' in each moment of her life. As text follows a predictable pattern, pairs of images may move the reader from one season to the next—"Goodbye to snowmen…is hello to puddles." Or it may speak of loss and things found—"Goodbye to an empty (fish) bowl… is hello to a full heart." Through small detailed scenes or full-page cartoon digital art, the children's faces reflect emotions from joy through tears as a friendship grows, until one moves away and 'goodbye' leads to a 'hello' to the possibilities of tomorrow. VERDICT From the author of The Rabbit Listened, this suggested first purchase title speaks to social emotional learning, views the passage of time and change through the eyes of a child, and allows a glimpse at the ups and downs of growing up. For young readers in all libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2019 In this picture book, the words and illustrations work in parallel, though their purposes are different. The appealing digital artwork creates a visual narrative in which a little girl, Stella, goes to school and makes a new friend, Charlie. Soon they’re inseparable, playing together through the seasons, until the sad day comes when they share a tearful goodbye hug and Charlie moves away. As she mails a letter to Charlie, Stella sees a new family moving in and introduces herself to a potential new friend. Throughout the book, the text frames every situation in terms of a goodbye-hello dichotomy, as in “Every goodbye . . . / . . . leads to a hello” and “Goodbye to snowmen . . . / . . . is hello to puddles!” The theme works better for some concepts than others. A two-page turnaround after the apparent death of Stella’s goldfish (the text reads, “Goodbye to an empty bowl . . . / . . . is hello to a full heart”) is a bit of a stretch. At its best, though, this book encourages a positive outlook on change as well as making friends. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.