Best Friend in the Whole World

Peachtree. Mar. 2021. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781682632505.
K-Gr 2–Roland, a lonely rabbit, encounters a lone pine cone while walking in the woods. Longing for companionship, Roland names the pine cone Milton and brings him home. Together they enjoy music, drawing, and tea parties. Though Roland is thrilled to have his companion, he begins seeing signs that Milton might be someone else’s friend. Not wanting anyone to experience the loneliness he felt, Roland sets out to return Milton to his rightful owner. Salsbury’s understated art and neutral color palette capably advance the story. Readers will have many moments to ponder loneliness, friendship, and loss.
VERDICT This picture book is charming in its simplicity and thoughtful in centering empathy as it quietly affirms the specialness of imaginary friends.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing