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The Secret Forest Friends

Forest Friends Series, Book 2

by Kyoko Hara & Kazue Takahashi

Summer arrives, and once again Mayu goes to the forest near her grandparents’ house. The mailbox is still there. Mayu and Konta, a fox child, write letters to each other and explore the forest together. Mayu keeps this mysterious forest friend a secret. But one day while they are playing in the forest, something unfortunate happens to her. For the first time in his life, Konta decides to leave the forest to get help for Mayu . . .

The second book in the beloved Forest Friends series, Hara pens a sweet story of magical everyday life and an unexpected friendship. Takahashi’s illustrations switch between full color and gray scale, adding playfulness and whimsy.

“Another sweet story of friendship and family.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A gentle adventure great for any children’s school or public collection.” —School Library Journal

“It was the highlight of my week to get a letter from my grandpa. I had a very special relationship with my grandfather and so this book is even more special to me.” —Goodreads Reviewer

About Author
Kyoko Hara was born in Tokyo and graduated from Wako University with a degree in art. In 1978 she won the Kodansha Children’s Literature Prize in the KFS Contest. Among her many titles are Haru ni aeta yo (We Met Spring) and Kuma no Bear to chiisana Tatan (Kuma the Bear and Tiny Tatan) series. When she was a child, she wanted to become a fashion designer and did not like writing at all.

About Illustrator
Kazue Takahashi made her debut as a picture-book author with the acclaimed Kuma-Kuma Chan, The Little Bear in 2001. Her picture books include Risu denwa (The Squirrel Telephone System) and Tell Me a Story, Please (story by Kyoko Hara). Takahashi’s illustrations embody kawaii—the quality of being cute and adorable, which is prominent in Japanese popular culture.

Forest Friends Series

Book 1: The Mailbox in the Forest
Book 2: The Secret Forest Friends
Book 3: Tell Me a Story, Please (Fall 2022)

The Secret Forest Friends
by Kyoko Hara & Kazue Takahashi
ISBN: 978-1-940842-64-6
Juvenile Fiction
Chapter book, Age 4-8
82 pages, 42 color & B/W illustrations
6 x 7 3/4 inches

US$14.99 CAN$19.99
On Sale: July 2022
Distributed by IPG

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