Say hello?

Sung Mi Kim

Book - 2022

The story of increasingly awkward encounters between Mr. Wolf and Little Fox when neither one says "hello."

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Picture books
Victoria, Australia : Berbay Publishing 2022.
Main Author
Sung Mi Kim (author)
Other Authors
Clare (Translator) Richards (translator)
First US edition
Physical Description
37 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Kim captures those awkward moments when someone moves in next door and reaching out to say hello becomes difficult. When the Fox family moves next door to Mr. Wolf, both Little Fox and Mr. Wolf know saying hello would be the neighborly thing to do. But when they first meet, both are in a bad mood, and they silently pass each other by. As days pass, saying hello becomes even harder, especially after a series of inadvertent missteps and hurt feelings. Soon, the pair begin to cast side-eyes at each other, and they are locked in a battle of wills. Who will say hello first? Neither does, and both rejoice when Mr. Wolf eventually moves away. As fate would have it, they later meet while crossing a street, recognize each other, say hello, and realize that greeting each other wasn't so hard. In contrast to the black-and-white outlined illustrations of urban scenes, each character is drawn in a distinct color, pink for Little Fox and blue for Mr. Wolf. Although most illustrations place the two in large city scenes, full-page close-ups of Little Fox and contrasting close-ups of the two protagonists make their emotions clear. This simple Korean import is told primarily through the characters' dialogue and thoughts, making it a perfect choice for dramatic read-alouds and role-playing to help children empathize with others and polish their social graces. (This book was reviewed digitally.) Though the protagonists miss what could have been a wonderful friendship, readers can learn from their mistakes. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.