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My Friends

My Friends by Taro GomiTaro Gomi is one of Japan’s most prolific children’s book authors/illustrators.  With more than 400 books, his work is instantly recognizable for its beauty, simplicity, delineated images, use of color and subtle humor.  All his books are beautiful! His book, Everyone Poops, is probably his most well-known, and Bus Stops is also quite popular.  But my newest discovery of his book,  My Friends , is my personal favorite.

‘My Friends’ is a very sweet book about a little girl who tells you all the things she has learned from her friends.  She learned to walk from her friend, the cat.  She learned to march from her friend, the rooster.  She learned to smell the flowers from her friend, the butterfly. She learned to play from her friends at school, etc.  It’s a really simple but very touching book, educating kids about the different animals and what you can learn from each of them.



Comments (3)

May 7, 2009

This sounds like a great book. I love Japanese-inspired art as well, so the message + illustrations sounds like it would fit in well with our library!

Have you heard of The Fantastic Mr Wani? That’s a good one too.

May 7, 2009

I love, love these illustrations. It is so nice to have books that can inspire both children and parents!

May 9, 2009

More favorites by Taro Gomi: Spring is Here, The Crocodile and the Dentist. Doodles, Scribbles… are fun for older kids and … younger parents too 🙂

Love your London guide, found it right in time before our first trip with kids!

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