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Albert Whitman & Company
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8.1 X 10.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Aiko Ikegami was born in Tokyo. As a child, she loved animals, drawing, and painting. She received a degree in child education and a PhD in pharmacology. After years of working as a neuropharmacologist, she left the field and decided to follow her dream of creating picture books. This is her first American picture book.


"The message of inclusion is often seen in picture books, but sharing food to make friends is a gentle suggestion that may help children starting school or meeting new arrivals with a language barrier." Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2015
"Ikegami's soothing water-washed visuals are soft and infused with pastels. The spare text lets the illustrations tell most of this tale of the importance of being kind and making friends. Libraries will want to make room on their shelves for this 'new kid' in the collection." School Library Journal, February 2016
"The books uses minimal text, relying more on soft and appealing illustrations to share the story." Foreword Reviews, Spring 2016
"The soft, fuzzy lines and colors create a cozy, nonthreatening atmosphere, and the humor softens any potential didacticism." Booklist Online, January 21, 2016
"The lush illustrations are enough to make a parent or child adore this book, but the story will capture a reader's heart." Washington Post, August 4, 2016