Ben Says Goodbye (Hardcover)

By Sarah Ellis, Kim La Fave (Illustrator)

Pajama Press, 9781927485798, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 26, 2016

List Price: 16.95*
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When Ben's best friend Peter moves away, Ben decides that he will move, too into a cave under the kitchen table. Caveman Ben doesn t need any friends except his tame (stuffed) lion. He hunts for his food (thoughtfully left on a plate by Mom and Dad) and communicates in grunts. And in the safety of his cave he can imagine a world where friends control their own destinies and distance is no obstacle. Award-winning author-illustrator team Sarah Ellis and Kim La Fave have produced yet another book in which they gently guide Ben through an experience that is both familiar and daunting to preschoolers everywhere. Ellis text deftly taps into the thoughts and feelings of a young child, while La Fave's endearing art captures both the depths of Ben's dismay and the warmth of the family members who support him through his crisis. Young readers and listeners will celebrate with Ben as, having been given the space to work through his difficult feelings, he emerges from his cave ready to rejoin his family and look forward to new friendships.