BEFORE I LEAVE
Published by: Neal Porter Book – Roaring Brook Press 2016
Ages: 5 – 7 years
Theme: friendship, separation, endurance
Opening Lines: I found out we’re moving. Mom said I needed to pack.
Synopsis: From Amazon – How do you say goodbye to your best friend?
When a little hedgehog’s family tells her they’re moving far away, she and her anteater best friend decide to play one last time, like nothing is changing. And though it’s hard, they discover that while some things have to change, the most important things find a way of working out.
Why I like this: Families move from house to house for many reasons, upgrade, better housing, work, schools etc… and kids will find themselves in this position at some time having to say goodbye to a best friend. When Zelda the hedgehog tells Bagley an anteater that she is moving, she decides they should play just one last time as if nothing has changed. By doing so, they make memories that they can share and remember long after they have moved away. The whole story told in one line sentence per page from Zelda’s thoughts, is incredibly touching and the finer details, the playfulness, and tender moments are all captured in the illustrations. The less than one hundred word text spread through forty pages is accompanied by wistful watercolour illustrations and fine pencil lines. I loved the seesaw page as I don’t think Bagley ever gets to sore through the air like we see Zelda doing. A great book for both home and in school libraries. The message is clear and simple
Resources/Findings: If you wanna catch up with Jessixa her blog is….. http://www.jessixa.com/about-native/
Some great activity ideas for kids about best friends. Such as writing down what makes a friend. Or write and draw an activity they love to do with a friend. Here is the website…. https://www.curiousworld.com/blog/projects-for-building-friendships
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