cover image The Friendship Book

The Friendship Book

Mary Lynn Ray, illus. by Stephanie Graegin. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-328-48899-2

This companion to The Thank You Book presents an ode to camaraderie of all kinds. In a cozily crafted world in which humans and anthropomorphic animals live in harmony, new friends brave first hellos, old friends read books and share lunches, and some friends fight (“But it doesn’t last./ Because they are friends”). Ray’s brightly poetic prose distills the joys (having a friend feels “as if there’s sunshine in your pocket./ Or inside you”) and challenges of companionship—sometimes friends need support (“maybe you say nothing. You’re just there”). An encouraging tone reminds readers that pals can be found in unexpected places and at unexpected times. Graegin’s pencil and watercolor spreads exude warmth and cheer as intimates share bicycles and tree branches, befitting this buoyant reminder that “being friends could begin when/ you say ‘Hello.’ ” Ages 4–7. (Dec.)