The Secret Forest Friends by Kyoko Hara, illustrated by Kazue Takahashi

The Secret Forest Friends by Kyoko Hara, illustrated by Kazue Takahashi. Museyon, c2019, 2022. 9781940842646

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Mayu is going to stay with her grandparents again this summer and looks forward to seeing a friend she’d made on her last visit, a little fox child named Konta. There is a mailbox in the forest where her friend, Bird, has been leaving letters from Mayu and picking up some to deliver to Mayu from Konta. The two friends finally arrange to see each other again and a small mishap leaves Konta having to brave crossing the street and trying to ask another human for help. There is a little twist at the end where readers learn that Mayu’s grandfather once had a fox child friend when he was young. A cute story that encourages children to write, be brave, and not judge someone until they know them. Simple illustrations (some in black and white, some in color) make a cute accompaniment to the story.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing at all

To whom would you recommend this book? Children ages 3-8

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? jFiction novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not really

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Vicky Tandy, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review: August 8,2022

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