Book of the Week: Forsythia & Me

Forsythia & Me by Vincent X. Kirsch

Published: 2011 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Can I just say: yellow! Everywhere! From start to finish! Love it!

The accents of blue are a perfect touch!

Yellow definitely represents Forsythia and blue definitely represents Chester – the spunky main characters!

I love the cheerful tone of this book!

Forsythia wears pink, heart-shaped glasses!

And her hair is styled like Pippi Longstocking – one of my most favorite characters.

I love how this book shows young readers that they can do great, amazing things no matter how young or old you are.

Forsythia does some pretty amazing things.

I love how Forsythia isn’t afraid to be herself, and to do what makes her most happy.

Some of the amazing things Forsythia does are: she makes plain cake beautiful, she’s a remarkable piano player (she can even play standing on her head!), she’s a ballerina, and an animal tamer.

Chester is amazed by Forsythia, as all readers will be.

But Chester is amazing too! And super cute!

I love how this book shows the bond of friendship.

When Forsythia doesn’t feel one, Chester sets out to make her better.

He bakes her a yellow cupcake with a blue “F” on it.

He plays the accordion and only messes up thirteen times.

He gives her flowers – forsythia to be exact.

He teaches her to dance like a pirate.

Forsythia is amazed by Chester, as all readers will be.

Before they both know it, Forsythia is feeling better, and Chester gets to see her perform her spectacular figure skating show, where she spells out “Chester” on the ice.

I love how this book shows that nothing can come between two good friends, and that friends are there for each other through thick and thin.

This book shows, that just because one person is amazing doesn’t mean the other is less than. Friends are always equals.

This story of friendship is heartwarming.

The writing is simple yet strong.

The illustrations are charming! Possibly my most favorite thing about the book! Well, besides Forsythia and Chester that is!

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