Before I Leave by Jessixa Bagley

Published by Roaring Brook Press 

Summary: A hedgehog learns she is moving to a new home, and is heartbroken to be leaving her anteater best friend. They decide to play together one last time just the way they always have.  The two friends are sad, and the hedgehog is scared about moving some place new, but they manage to have one more day of fun together before they have to go their separate ways.  When the hedgehog starts to unpack at her new house, she finds that her friend has snuck pictures and notes into her suitcase.  The last pages shows her sitting in her room, the papers clipped to a clothesline, beginning a letter to her friend.  40 pages; ages 4-7.

Pros:  This simple story would be a good way to help children express their feelings about a move or a friend who is moving.  The sweet illustrations show the fun the two friends have shared.

Cons:  The hedgehog’s face is so small sometimes it’s hard to see her expressions.


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