Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) First Friend
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) First Friend

First Friend

By Kersten Hamilton


Publication Date: February 9, 2021

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Ages 4 to 8

Gray wolves evolve from human’s vicious competitors to hunting partners to loyal companions in this educational and entertaining nonfiction picture book about how dogs became our best friends, illustrated by a #1 New York Times–bestselling artist.

Long, long ago, when the world was new . . . a girl met a pup. In those days, everyone knew that wolves and children could not be friends. Still, they learned from each other—how to hunt, how to trade, how to survive, how to play. And years and years went by, and the world spun and changed.

And then—a boy fished with a wolf, and a girl traded with a wild dog, and animal and human grew up side by side—into the best friends we are today.

With lyrical text by Kersten Hamilton and luminous illustrations by Jaime Kim, First Friend is an exploration of how the wild wolves became dogs, and how we learned to communicate and grow alongside the creatures we love.

About the Author

Kersten Hamilton is the author of numerous books for children, including the picture books Red Truck, Yellow Copter, and Blue Boat. She lives in New Mexico. Visit her at kerstenhamilton.com.

Jaime Kim is an artist and illustrator. Her debut illustrated picture book, Take Heart, My Child, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. She lives in North Carolina. Visit her at jaimekim.com.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Publication Date: February 9, 2021

ISBN: 9780374313432

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