A charmingly simple tale about friends, old and new, that will resonate with anyone who’s ever loved — and lost — a special toy.
Sam and his stuffed bunny, Jump, are best friends, and they do everything together. One day, on a trip to the beach, Sam meets Thomas. Sam and Thomas play together all day and promise to do the same the next day. But when Sam gets home he realizes Jump is still at the beach! It’s too late and too dark to go find him, and Sam worries all night. What if Jump is nowhere to be found? Can Sam brave the world without his best friend? Little ones with their own cherished toys will be drawn to this reassuring story about losing something dear only to gain something even better.
Jennifer K. Mann used to be an architect before turning to children’s books full-time. She is the creator of the picture books Two Speckled Eggs and I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard. She lives on an island near Seattle.
With its simple sentences (set in a typeface that has an understated poignancy), roundheaded characters, and softly colored watercolor-and-ink renderings, Mann’s (I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard) story raises some powerful and provocative questions about loyalty, responsibility, and friendship...both adults and kids should find this ostensibly unassuming story offers significant food for thought.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Sweet, endearingly simple illustrations created with pencil, watercolor, and "digital magic" judiciously use white space to focus attention on inseparable Sam and Jump sharing tea, soaping up in the tub, and sitting side-by-side on a tree branch and in an overstuffed chair...Kids with their own favorite toys will identify with this gentle, tender tale of Sam and Jump's special bond.
The pastel-hued watercolor, pencil, and digital illustrations are absorbing and encapsulate both the summery feel of the beach and Sam’s range of emotions. This familiar and cheerfully told saga will resonate with many tots.
An endearing story about friendship...Young children will enjoy and empathize with Sam and his love for Jump. A great one-on-one read at bedtime.
—School Library Journal
This charming tale reassures tots who've loved—and lost—a stuffed pal by showing them how special friends, both new and old, can be.
—Pregnancy & Newborn