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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Friends Forever

Forever Friends by Carin Berger

A small blue bird and a little brown bunny meet one spring and become friends. They play in the forest all spring, summer, and fall. But then the blue bird must fly south. The bunny misses her friend but when spring returns so does the blue bird and they are happy to be together again.

This is a very sweet story about friendship. But the real reason to pick up this book is for the illustrations. They are beautiful. The collages are made using ephemera, such as catalogues, old books, receipts, ticket stubs, and letters. I would love to see the original pages because you can see where the edges overlap in the collage and you just want to feel that texture rather than the flat, smooth page. This is a good read aloud for a classroom or at bedtime because there are only a few words on each page making it easy to hold the book open and read. The color choices for the illustrations are very warm and fit each season (spring time is filled with yellow and green). This is a good book to start teaching colors as well because there is not too much action on each page which makes it easier for young children to identify what is what. I highly recommend and if you want to take a look at the book before you buy it or pick it up from the library use the browse inside below to get a feel for the book.

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