Best Friend in the Whole World

Best Friend in the Whole World
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March 01, 2021
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Roland lives a quiet life filled with books, music, and tea parties for one, but sometimes he feels rather lonely. When Roland finds the perfect companion in Milton (Good listener! Enjoys music! Also alone!), he is overjoyed. It’s okay that Milton is just a pine cone; they have so much in common. But clues start popping up in the woods, suggesting someone else might be missing their best pine cone friend. Roland must decide if it’s worth leaving someone else in their loneliness to keep Milton in his life.

In this sweet and moving picture book about loneliness, friendship, and compassion, debut author-illustrator Sandra Salsbury celebrates the transformative power of connection and the painful melancholy of loss. Endearingly classic illustrations bring a charming forest world to life.

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lovely picture book about friendship and doing the right thing
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BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD is a sweet picture book about friends and doing the right thing. Roland lives alone and enjoys drawing, listening to music, and drinking tea, though he sometimes feels lonely. One day, when he is out for a walk, he finds a pinecone friend, who he calls Milton. He loves hanging out with Milton, who seems to enjoy all the same things as he does.

One day, he sees a flier with a picture of Milton labeled as missing. Though the sign has a different name so Roland thinks it could not be the same, he knows in his heart that it is. After seeing more signs, he takes Milton back to his original best friend, and then Roland is lonelier than ever. In the end, he finds new signs looking for him as a friend.

What I loved: This is a simple but heartfelt story about the longing for friendship and closeness as well as the difficulty but importance of doing what was right. The lovely and detailed illustrations depict Roland's story well and with a low amount of words on each page, the book can turn as quickly or slowly as young readers would like. The images really capture it all so well, and I love the way the signs are shown in their fullness as part of the story, combining the text with art.

The themes and emphasis on friendship and kindness is one that children can understand. With the demonstration of Roland's emotions as well, the book helps children to empathize with him. This is a great story for preschoolers and young elementary school aged readers.

Final verdict: A lovely story about friendship and doing the right thing, BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD is sure to capture young imaginations and hearts.
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