A beautifully illustrated, wittily observed picture book about kindness, empathy and friendship from the award-winning Rebecca Cobb.
Hello Friend! tells the story of one big-hearted and enthusiastic little girl who is insistent on making friends with a certain little boy. And why wouldn’t he want to be friends with her? She’s very good at sharing – even if it’s a sandwich that he doesn’t like. And she’s certain that playing outside is their favourite thing to do, even if he is not so sure. But while he doesn’t seem keen on many of the things that she loves to do, there is one thing he’s very keen on after all . . . being friends.
Also available from Rebecca Cobb: Lunchtime, Aunt Amelia and The Something.
This touching story is about kindness, empathy and friendship. The author is one of the most talented names in picture books, with classics including Missing Mummy and Aunt Amelia. She also won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2013 for Lunchtime, and has collaborated with Julia Donaldson on bestselling picture books The Paper Dolls and The Everywhere Bear * I News * Cobb always perfectly captures the joys and uncertainties of childhood with her observant eye and warm heart. [...] Brimming with Cobb's trademark rich colours, irresistible playfulness and the spirit of adventure that has made her one of the nation's favourite author/illustrators, this creative, clever and utterly charming picture book is destined to be another family favourite! * Lancashire Evening Post * Rebecca Cobb uses minimal text with great clarity and precision in this warm-hearted picture book about making friends. It's a perfect read for little ones starting school or nursery who might be a bit nervous, reassuring them that there will be lots of other children who want to make friends. Cobb's hugely expressive coloured pencil and ink illustration has just the right warmth and cuteness while ably showing the anxiety of the shyer child too. This is a subtly emotional picture book, perfect for adults to use to talk about feelings and fears as well as friendships and consent. * BookTrust * look amazing for teaching about friendship and empathy to younger readers. Perfect for Nursery, reception and Key Stage 1 classes! * the Reader Teacher * Friendship and optimism are what Rebecca Cobb's Hello Friend! (Macmillan, GBP11.99, 3+) addresses, with typical insight, wit and graphic elegance. A little blonde girl insists on befriending a shy brown-haired boy at nursery, relentlessly offering him things he doesn't like. She risks rejection - but triumphs. * New Statesman * There is a lovely warmth saturating Rebecca Cobb's Hello Friend!, in which a rosy-cheeked protagonist plays zealously with a less enthusiastic pal, building towers, sharing lunch and banging a tambourine. At last, a small farewell smile shows that she has won him over, and the next day he is as excited as she is. A charming look at playground dynamics that effortlessly evokes pre-schooler feelings of being excited and overwhelmed * The Guardian * This funny and cheerful picture book tells one story in the text and another in the easy-to-read pictures, as an overenthusiastic little girl is determined to befriend a reluctant boy at playgroup. But a twist shows friendliness is to be recommended. * Sunday Times * [Rebecca] Cobb's illustrations capture the joy of childhood * Sunday Times *
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