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Children's Fiction Baby Animals

What Do You Want, Little Friend?

by (author) Marianne Dubuc

Chronicle Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Baby Animals
Recommended Age
1 to 4
Recommended Grade
Recommended Reading age
1 to 4
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price

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A happy kitten playing with a kite accidentally injures a little bug! The kitten wants to know what will make the little friend feel better: to march like the ants or fly like the birds? Nothing seems to work until finally the kitten asks and the little friend shares the answer—a kiss! Little ones will love the whimsy and warmth of this sweet story as one small creature learns to care for an even smaller little friend.

About the author

Marianne Dubuc studied visual arts and graphic design before beginning her career as an award-winning author and illustrator. In Front of My House, originally published in French as Devant ma maison , is her first book to be published in English. Marianne lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Editorial Reviews

"At its simplest, What Do You Want, Little Friend? is a story about a kitten trying to help a fly and listening to what the fly needs. In twelve short lines of text, a relationship is formed and compassion extended. Ah, if all interactions were this positive....The messages are clear in What Do You Want, Little Friend? First, if you do harm, make it right. Secondly, ask and listen to those who might need help. These mighty messages may be aimed at our youngest children because of the delicate board book in which they are found but they are messages which we should all heed."
- CanLit for Little Canadians

"This pleasing board book has all the essential elements: an uncomplicated plot with surprising emotional depth, well-crafted page turns, spare yet evocative patterned language, illustrations that pop, and clean design. What Do You Want, Little Friend? joins the upper echelon of board books that invite repeated, interactive readings."
- Quill Quire (Canada)

"A simple story with a big heart. This book illustrates giving loving compassion and what it means to be a good friend!"
- Mrs. Mommy Booknerd

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