How to find a friend

Squirrel has moved into her tree, and Rabbit has just settled in his burrow. They are both new to the woodland, and would like to make a new friend. But for some reason they just keep missing each other! Luckily there are two very helpful bugs who want to point Squirrel and Rabbit in the right direction – if only they would listen.

This story by author-illustrator Maria S. Costa is a gentle tale of woodland wandering, where the picture really tells the opposite story to what the characters are experiencing. Squirrel becomes so lonesome in her boat, wondering where she could find a friend, but she fails to notice that someone has fired a golf ball that sinks it. Rabbit is playing a river under a bridge and yet doesn’t wonder why chestnuts fall down on his head. Young readers will be highly entertained at just how close Squirrel and Rabbit are to meeting each other in the illustrations, unbeknownst to the woodland pair. Meanwhile the two small bugs are shouting helpful suggestions that Squirrel and Rabbit don’t hear.

The artwork is warm in palette, with linocut illustrations and action lines giving a vibrant feel to the story. The book also has a map in the endpapers, so readers can trace the trail Squirrel and Rabbit take, before they finally ‘bump’ into each other. A funny tale that will encourage young readers to tell their own story, using the map at the end of the book.