Friends are friends, forever

by Liu, Dane,

Format: Print Book 2021
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A picture book based on the author's own immigration story, the infinite impact of friendship, and passing on love and kindness around the world.

On a snowy Lunar New Year's Eve in Northeastern China, it's Dandan's last night with Yueyue. Tomorrow, she moves to America. The two best friends have a favorite wintertime tradition: crafting paper-cut snowflakes, freezing them outside, and hanging them as ornaments.

As they say goodbye, Yueyue presses red paper and a spool of thread into Dandan's hands so that she can carry on their tradition. But in her new home, Dandan has no one to enjoy the gift with--until a friend comes along.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Based on Liu's personal experiences emigrating from Changchun, China, to North Carolina, this earnest, poetic narrative ("Nainai's stories chime in my ears./ Garlic and ginger tickle my nose./ I close my eyes to remember everything") follows Dandan, a Chinese child, and best friend and neighbor Yueyue. When Dandan must move after the Lunar New Year, the friends enjoy their paper-cutting ornament tradition for the last time, and Yueyue gives Dandan supplies for next year. But Dandan has difficulty making new friends--that is, until meeting pale-skinned, freckled Christina, who eventually partakes in the Lunar New Year festivities with Dandan's family. Scurfield's cartoonish art--drawings rendered in pencil, colored with ink, and digitally collaged--adds levity to a sensitive story. At once culturally nuanced and universally heartfelt, this picture book debut will resonate with anyone who has ever had to leave a friend behind--and managed to make a new one. Back matter includes an author's note, more information on Lunar New Year, and instructions on how to make a snowflake. Ages 4--8. (Dec.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Moving, Household -- Juvenile fiction.
Best friends -- Juvenile fiction.
Emigration and immigration -- Juvenile fiction.
Paper work -- Juvenile fiction.
Chinese New Year -- Juvenile fiction.
Chinese Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Moving, Household -- Fiction.
Emigration and immigration -- Fiction.
Chinese New Year -- Fiction.
Paper work -- Fiction.
Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Contributors Scurfield, Lynn, illustrator.
Language English
Notes "Godwinbooks."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781250778185
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