The new friend

Charlotte Zolotow, 1915-2013

Book - 2021

"A child reminisces about the many joyful and playful moments she used to share with her dear old buddy, who has made a new friend. But although she is sad, she finds the strength to keep her head high and sets out to find a new playmate."--

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Picture books for children
Picture books
Varennes, Québec, Canada : Milky Way Picture Books [2021]
Main Author
Charlotte Zolotow, 1915-2013 (author)
Other Authors
Benjamin Chaud (illustrator)
Item Description
"The original edition of the New friend was published by Crowell, in 1968"--Page facing title page.
Physical Description
40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Review by Horn Book Review

The narrator of this picture book had a dear friend and reminisces about the ordinary things they used to do together -- until the "dear friend" found a "different friend." Zolotow's gentle, introspective text, honest about the narrator's anger and sadness, is now accompanied by new but vintage-feeling illustrations from Chaud, which carefully adhere to the speaker's point of view, giving only limited information about the "different friend." In particular, illustrations of a dream sequence imaginatively depict a nighttime-subconscious version of the woods where the children played and of a "new friend" for the speaker. A hopeful but not too neat story of a situation likely to be relatable to many. Shoshana Flax January/February 2022 p.148(c) Copyright 2022. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

The devoted friendship of two children ends without warning. The narrator uses the past tense to describe an easygoing, intimate friendship: "I had a friend / a dear friend / with long brown hair." The two delighted in playing outdoors: picking wildflowers, wading in the brook, and talking and reading together underneath a tree. But one day the narrator calls for her, and "she [isn't] there." A trip through the woods reveals that she is with a different friend, and this new duo does many of the same things she once did with the narrator. The narrator grieves--but dreams of a new friendship. Zolotow's text, originally published in 1968 (with illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully), sensitively captures the trauma of abruptly losing a friend, never diminishing the pain of such a betrayal. Yet the story does not allow the protagonist to wallow in self-pity and instead ends on a moderately hopeful note: The narrator, though still sad, considers a future in which "I won't care" about having lost this friendship. Chaud's illustrations feature a verdant, richly colored world as the children run and play in the woods. Playful animal face masks the pair enjoys are used to great effect: When loyalties are abandoned, the narrator disconsolately watches the two new friends wear them, and an enigmatic rabbit mask conceals the identity of the narrator's imagined new friend. All children are depicted as White. This all-too-common childhood experience is dramatized with an emotional honesty that, refreshingly, skirts sentimentality. (Picture book. 4-10) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.