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  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2020

Friends for Real Canadian Title

By Ted Staunton   Illustrated by Ruth Ohi   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443175159 Hardcover
32 Pages | 9.761" x 9.788" | Ages 3 to 8

Emma searches for her lost favourite toy, and instead finds a true friend.

When Emma loses Squeezy, her favourite stuffy, she tries to find another toy to replace her best-loved “pet.” It’s hard. No one else is exactly like Squeezy, and for Emma, Squeezy is perfect. But instead of finding Squeezy, Emma ends up discovering an unexpected friendship, and that two imaginations are better than one. This touching, smart story of lost-and-found treasures is a great reminder that things don’t always go as planned, but they can turn out better than expected. When Emma makes a friend in Frank, she finds what she’d been missing all along! In an equally perfect pairing, Ruth Ohi’s delightful art effortlessly brings through the layers in Ted Staunton’s nuanced text, bringing together the talents of two of Canada’s best-loved storytellers for kids.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Ted Staunton:

“Staunton’s tongue-in-cheek text displays both great respect for the imagination of children and affection for his characters.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Fox and Squirrel:

[Fox and Squirrel is] “supremely delightful . . . a story that is effortlessly fun and profound at once." —Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Jury Members Review