From the creator of The Rabbit Listened comes a gentle story about the difficulty of change . . . and the wonder that new beginnings can bring.
Change and transitions are hard, but Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!
demonstrates how, when one experience ends, it opens the door for another to begin. It follows two best friends as they say goodbye to snowmen, and hello to stomping in puddles. They say goodbye to long walks, butterflies, and the sun...and hello to long evening talks, fireflies, and the stars. But the hardest goodbye of all comes when one of the friends has to move away. Feeling alone isn't easy, and sometimes new beginnings take time. But even the hardest days come to an end, and you never know what tomorrow will bring.
Cori Doerrfeld illustrated the acclaimed picture book The Rabbit Listened
, as well as popular books like Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story
and The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig
. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The BCCB 2019 Blue Ribbons List
“Doerrfeld is carving a lovely niche with sweet, deeply attuned books for the littlest audience . . . There are tears, then letters, and then, of course a new friend. All along Doerrfeld’s wonderfully soft, jaunty illustrations convey the spark and vulnerability of the preschool years.” —New York Times Book Review
"Tender and observant, this is a book that will inspire readers ages 3 to 7 to notice the hello-goodbye moments in their own lives." —Wall Street Journal
★ "We’ve seen treatments of friendship loss before, but this turns that story into a tender and friendly exploration of life’s balance, deftly escalating from matter-of-fact changes to harder ones." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
, starred review
"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." —School Library Journal
"A warming study of friendship, loss, and new friendship." —Kirkus
"At its best, though, this book encourages a positive outlook on change as well as making friends." —Booklist