Perfect Picture Book Friday – Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday, once again, and I have such a lovely book to share today.

It comes from Cori Doerrfeld, the talented author/illustrator who brought us The Rabbit Listened (which you all know I totally loved and raved over in a PPBF post a while back!)  It’s perfect for the beginning of a new school year as well as for many other occasions.

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Title: Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

Written & Illustrated By: Cori Doerrfeld

Dial Books For Young Readers, July 2019, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: friendship, balance of life, coping with change

Opening: “Bye, Mom.
Every goodbye…
…leads to a hello.
Hi, I’m Charlie!
Goodbye to sitting alone…
…is hello to sitting together.

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text and illustration copyright Cori Doerrfeld 2019 Dial Books For Young Readers

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text and illustration copyright Cori Doerrfeld 2019 Dial Books For Young Readers

goodbye hello 3

text and illustration copyright Cori Doerrfeld 2019 Dial Books For Young Readers

Brief Synopsis:  Transitions are hard, but two best friends help each other through changes big and small.  When one experience ends, it opens the door for another to begin.

Links To Resources: draw a picture of someone or something that was hard to say goodbye to; write a letter to someone you love; tell a story about a time it was hard when something ended or a time when you were excited about something beginning; grow butterflies at home or in the classroom so children can see how saying goodbye to a caterpillar allows you to say hello to a butterfly; butterfly life cycle coloring page; bake cookies so you can say goodbye to dough and hello to cookies 🙂

Why I Like This Book: this is a sweet story about coping with change which helps young readers to see that letting go of one thing, though it may be difficult, can give us the opportunity for something new and also wonderful. It covers the ground from the matter-of-fact (the snowmen of winter giving way to the puddles of spring, the sun giving way to the stars) to the harder changes of having to say goodbye to someone we love.  The book will help children to view change with positivity and optimism.  The text is gentle, sweet, and poignant.  Cori is a master of getting to the heart of things with exquisite simplicity.  And the art is warm, engaging, and appealing.  A great choice for every child.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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text and illustration copyright Cori Doerrfeld 2019 Dial Books For Young Readers

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

26 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

  1. viviankirkfield says:

    I already love THE RABBIT LISTENED…so I know I will love this one also. Thanks for sharing it, Susanna! And Happy Fall and Back to School…I’ll bet the leaves on Blueberry Hill are starting to look pretty spectacular.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      I actually thought you might already have reviewed this book earlier in the summer when I was on PPBF break, Vivian – someone did, I’m sure! Happy Fall and Back to School to you too. The leaves are just starting here – it’s been unseasonably warm – but I bet in New Hampshire you’ve got quite a show!

  2. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    The gentleness of Cori Doerrfeld’s work reminds me of AKR’s books. I think that hellos and good-byes are tough, even as an adult. Maybe it’s because I’m an introvert. So perhaps I should read this book for myself, first, and then share it with others. Thanks for the rec, Susanne!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Yes, I think you are right about that, Jilanne – it is reminiscent. I too have a hard time with the hellos and goodbyes… maybe all writers are the same! We have trouble meeting new people and feel everything deeply! 🙂

  3. Megan Anderson says:

    I love, love, love this book! My kids and I have been discussing this very topic lately. Change can be so difficult and cause so much anxiety for some. This book is such a gentle, warm reminder to focus on the good that often comes from change. I’m #4 on hold to check it out from the library!

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