Good-Bye Hello

Good-Bye Hello

by Barbara Shook Hazen, Michael Bryant

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
In a simple, rhyming text, a little girl says good-bye to her old house, neighborhood and friends, and then says hello to her new home, yard and neighbors. Luckily a familiar, o1d teddy bear and the visit from her best friend help her make the transition. The color illustrations stress the warmth of family and friends. This picture book might help very young children come to terms with the trauma of moving.
Hazel Rochman
With a simple rhyme and expressive watercolors, this picture book tells of a child who grieves when she moves, but then she settles down in her new home. She's sad about leaving her urban neighborhood ("Good-bye, swings. Good-bye park. Good-bye, corner Mini-Mart" ), and she'll miss the old places; above all, she'll miss the people. She looks more and more unhappy until she begins to discover the riches of her new suburban world. The story has been told many times, and some of the rhymes fall flat, but the details are contemporary. The paintings show a blond, blue-eyed child whose best friend is African American, and it's nice to see a multicultural cast in the city and the suburbs.

Product Details

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.33(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

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