Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!
From the creator of The Rabbit Listened comes a gentle story about the difficulty of change . . . and the wonder that new beginnings can bring.Change and transitions are hard, but Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! demonstrates how, when one experience ends, it opens the door for another to begin. It follows two best friends as they say goodbye to snowmen, and hello to stomping in puddles. They say goodbye to long walks, butterflies, and the sun...and hello to long evening talks, fireflies, and the stars. But the hardest goodbye of all comes when one of the friends has to move away. Feeling alone isn't easy, and sometimes new beginnings take time. But even the hardest days come to an end, and you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! Details

TitleGoodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherDial Books
ISBN-139780525554233
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Fiction

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! Review

  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    The nature of change, and the importance of embracing it and the new experiences it brings, is explored in this new picture-book from author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld. Each goodbye leads to a hello in the simple text here - goodbye to summer means hello to autumn, goodbye to snowmen means hello to puddles - but when it is goodbye to a friend, things become much more difficult. Fortunately, goodbye doesn't have to mean complete separation, and when a friend moves away another appears on the hori The nature of change, and the importance of embracing it and the new experiences it brings, is explored in this new picture-book from author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld. Each goodbye leads to a hello in the simple text here - goodbye to summer means hello to autumn, goodbye to snowmen means hello to puddles - but when it is goodbye to a friend, things become much more difficult. Fortunately, goodbye doesn't have to mean complete separation, and when a friend moves away another appears on the horizon...A gentle, perceptive look at learning to accept change, and to be open to new friendships, even when mourning some kind of loss, Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! pairs a simple but poignant text with soft, expressive illustrations. I don't know that this one is the equal to Doerrfeld's recent The Rabbit Listened , but I think it accomplishes what it sets out to do. Recommended to anyone looking for children's stories which address change and how to handle it, as well as the difficulties of parting with a friend.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    CUUUUUUUUTE. I'm finding myself to be quite the fan of Doerrfeld.
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really sweet book about how every goodbye leads to a new hello, in every instance of life. Even though some goodbyes are harder than others. You say goodbye to the sun, to say hello to night time and firefly's. Say goodbye to sitting alone to saying hello to sitting together. Really sweet things like that. Great Read!
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  • Lisa Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Touching picture book on how saying goodbye can lead to saying hello to something wonderful.
  • Victoria🦄
    January 1, 1970
    Every goodbye leads to a hello 👋
  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    This wonderful little book sent me through such a range of bittersweet emotions. Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! portrays the lifelong message that when one door closes, another opens. Sometimes it's hard, and it might feel like the end, but there is always something to come around the corner. I'm in love with this book, and recommend it even to fellow adults. Overall heartwarming, inspiring, and sweet; a read have for all.
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  • La Coccinelle
    January 1, 1970
    Cori Doerrfeld seems to be able to effortlessly depict complex emotional issues and convey deep meaning in her stories. And I never really feel like I'm reading an "issues" book.In The Rabbit Listened, we saw a child trying to deal with their emotions with advice from a variety of animals (except the rabbit, who--as the title suggests--simply listened). In Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!, the subject is endings and beginnings, represented by the words "goodbye" and "hello", respectively. The fri Cori Doerrfeld seems to be able to effortlessly depict complex emotional issues and convey deep meaning in her stories. And I never really feel like I'm reading an "issues" book.In The Rabbit Listened, we saw a child trying to deal with their emotions with advice from a variety of animals (except the rabbit, who--as the title suggests--simply listened). In Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!, the subject is endings and beginnings, represented by the words "goodbye" and "hello", respectively. The friendship of two little kids, Stella and Charlie, is the basis for exploring these concepts. When something ends, something new always begins. And even when a particular ending might feel final, there's always something new to pop up in its place. Various scenarios--from the changing of the seasons to the death of a pet--are explored in an easy-to-understand way. The pictures, done in much same style as in The Rabbit Listened, are detailed and appealing.This is another lovely book from Doerrfeld. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!Quotable moment:
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  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    January 1, 1970
    Cori Doerrfeld books reminds me a lot of Amy Krause Rosenthals - heartfelt with soft warm inviting illustrations that remind us that in the midst of challenges and changes we will be ok. In her latest gift to readers, Goodbye Friend, Hello Friend, we meet a young girl that has some goodbyes that take many forms - from saying goodbye to her mom to ride the school bus to saying goodbye to long walks, butterflies and the sun. These goodbyes lead to new Hellos - goodbye to your mom hello to a new fr Cori Doerrfeld books reminds me a lot of Amy Krause Rosenthals - heartfelt with soft warm inviting illustrations that remind us that in the midst of challenges and changes we will be ok. In her latest gift to readers, Goodbye Friend, Hello Friend, we meet a young girl that has some goodbyes that take many forms - from saying goodbye to her mom to ride the school bus to saying goodbye to long walks, butterflies and the sun. These goodbyes lead to new Hellos - goodbye to your mom hello to a new friend, goodbye to the long walks, butterflies and the sun, hello to long talks by a fire, fireflies and the stars. The beauty of this book is how @coridoerrfeld shows us how we can shift our perspective. A lovely book to help readers see how your perspective on changes and challenges can lead to something positive and delightful.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Childrens picture book. This deceptively simple book extends the message that every goodbye leads to a hello (or every ending leads to a new beginning). A young girl says goodbye to lots of things--her mom on the first day of school, the outdoors when it gets too cold; only to say hello to other things, such as a new friend, and playing indoors. The story gets more serious as she says goodbye to a lost goldfish and later to her best friend as she moves away. I admit to tearing up near the end of Childrens picture book. This deceptively simple book extends the message that every goodbye leads to a hello (or every ending leads to a new beginning). A young girl says goodbye to lots of things--her mom on the first day of school, the outdoors when it gets too cold; only to say hello to other things, such as a new friend, and playing indoors. The story gets more serious as she says goodbye to a lost goldfish and later to her best friend as she moves away. I admit to tearing up near the end of the story. Another powerful story from Doerrfeld that deals with social-emotional issues in a caring way.
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  • Sandy Brehl
    January 1, 1970
    This is rich with potential for activities related to time sequence, cause/effect, opposites, relationships, and adjusting to changes. It does this lovely and sensitive book a disservice, though, to use it for those purposes before sharing it as the literary gem that it is. Doerrfeld has once again displayed the gentle perspective of a young child dealing with life changes, from the mundane to the moving. Her art and text capture the immediacy of struggles and worries in reassuring but realistic This is rich with potential for activities related to time sequence, cause/effect, opposites, relationships, and adjusting to changes. It does this lovely and sensitive book a disservice, though, to use it for those purposes before sharing it as the literary gem that it is. Doerrfeld has once again displayed the gentle perspective of a young child dealing with life changes, from the mundane to the moving. Her art and text capture the immediacy of struggles and worries in reassuring but realistic ways, allowing young readers to develop confidence to face their own lives successfully.
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  • Anne V.
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this picture book because I think it would spark discussion with kids about change. Seasons change, leaving behind fun memories and ushering in new activities: "Goodbye to long walks...butterflies...and the sun...is hello to long talks...fireflies...and the stars." Cori Doerrfeld ("The Rabbit Listened") seems to have a good sense of children's emotions. In this, her latest book, she doesn't sugar-coat the difficulty of saying good-bye to a best friend who is moving away, but instead stay I liked this picture book because I think it would spark discussion with kids about change. Seasons change, leaving behind fun memories and ushering in new activities: "Goodbye to long walks...butterflies...and the sun...is hello to long talks...fireflies...and the stars." Cori Doerrfeld ("The Rabbit Listened") seems to have a good sense of children's emotions. In this, her latest book, she doesn't sugar-coat the difficulty of saying good-bye to a best friend who is moving away, but instead stays realistically positive. Nicely done.
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  • Maria Marshall
    January 1, 1970
    In a beautifully, touching book, Cori Doerrfeld looks at life's changes through a child's lense and experience. Her bold, soft illustrations perfectly capture the fun and emotions (good and bad) of a child's world. While ultimately an uplifting and empowering story, it doesn't shy away from some intense and painful emotions and experiences. A beautiful and touching book that encourages kids to accept changes as they come, because change often opens the door for something unexpectedly wonderful. In a beautifully, touching book, Cori Doerrfeld looks at life's changes through a child's lense and experience. Her bold, soft illustrations perfectly capture the fun and emotions (good and bad) of a child's world. While ultimately an uplifting and empowering story, it doesn't shy away from some intense and painful emotions and experiences. A beautiful and touching book that encourages kids to accept changes as they come, because change often opens the door for something unexpectedly wonderful.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    This heartwarming picture books will resonate with young readers who are beginning to experience life's hellos and goodbyes. Oftentimes we get caught up in the grief of a goodbye to a lovely time or a family pet or a good friend. But with time, we come to realize that sad times pass and lead to happy times again. This book uses the same gentle language and comforting illustrtations that made The Rabbit Listened such a popular book.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet story about leaving things behind to "say hello" to other fun. Heading to school leads to meeting a new friend; changing seasons leads to new adventures. Sometimes, however, a goodbye is harder when a friend moves away. Lovely illustrations capture the various emotions.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the illustrations and the story. Great story about transitions and what comes next. Also a good story about a friend moving away, where the goodbye feels like forever, but something new is right around the corner.
  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    Very sweet and definitely useful to help children process endings and new beginnings. Recommended for grades K & up.
  • Karol
    January 1, 1970
    Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! softly shows how life changes and unfolds through different moments that lead us to other experiences. Beautifully written and illustrated.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Kind of sad but has an important message for kids! Also great art
  • Marcie
    January 1, 1970
    I do not love this like I love The Rabbit Listened, but I do like the sentiment.
  • Julie Kirchner
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my heart. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
  • Miss Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Two girls become good friends and then must deal with one moving away. Preschool and up
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    A great read for addressing this.
  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite Storytime friends is moving away and I bought this beautiful book for her. A lovely book!
  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    Every goodbye, leads to a hello. This book shares the story of changes in one's life, and how with each change comes a new challenge and chapter in life to discover, and grow into.
  • Casey Hess
    January 1, 1970
    This just made my heart feel like a gooey chocolate cookie, all melted and happy inside. Great read!
  • Lorie Barber
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet book on letting go and new beginnings.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    A positive spin on changes and transitions.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. I love her illustrations and her text and ideas. I'm a huge fan of The Rabbit Listened, and this book did not disappoint.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    For every goodbye, there is a hello. Beautifully explained.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Such a sweet book!
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