THE FRIENDSHIP SURPRISE
By: Giorgia Volpe
Illustrated by: Paolo Proietti
Published: March 29, 2022
Publisher: Red Comet Press
The follow-up to BEFORE WE SLEEP, one of my favorite children’s books from 2021, continues the friendship of Little Red Fox and Hazel the dormouse. In BEFORE WE SLEEP, Hazel is off for a long winter’s nap and Little Red is sad about missing his best friend over the winter. But now, spring is finally arriving and Little Red can’t wait to see his friend, Hazel again.
This winter was a bit different for Little Red though because he made a new friend, Brock the badger. The winter went by faster than ever and the two of them had a blast. Now that spring is here and Hazel will be waking up soon, Little Red is a bit worried about what Hazel will think of Little Red’s new friendship.
Hazel and Little Red spent their days catching up on all the time they had missed playing and picking berries. But, Hazel noticed that Little Red was acting a bit differently and was the first to stop playing and heading home each day. Hazel followed Little Red and found out what he had been keeping from her. Little Red was scared but soon all three friends are spending their days together.
It’s okay to have more than one friend and Little Red is so excited to have both of his best friends to play with. Be sure to check out this sweet story of friendship and the joys of welcoming spring! You don’t need to read BEFORE WE SLEEP first but the two books together would make a great gift! For more information on this book and the author and illustrator who have quickly become favorites, click HERE.