Beagles and Books wishes a very Happy Book Birthday to Goodbye Brings Hello: A Book of Firsts written by Dianne White and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman. Special thanks to Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending a copy of Goodbye Brings Hello in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
“There are many ways of letting go. With each goodbye, a new hello.” These sentences open this incredibly beautiful picture book that extols the positive effects of change.
From growing out of an old coat, leaving home, taking your first plunge in a pool, trying out a new hairstyle, writing letters, making your own lunch or getting ready for your very first day of school, change can be scary. What I love about Goodbye Brings Hello is it celebrates being brave enough to take that leap big or small and try something new. Written in short rhymes, Diane White delivers the story’s message beautifully and concisely. Daniel Wiseman’s soft and colorful illustrations tenderly show each child’s apprehension but once the reader turns the page, the children’s expressions shows their immense pride and happiness in taking the leap. As I am reading and gathering read alouds for the new school year and planning for #classroombookaday, Goodbye Brings Hello is without a doubt a picture book I will share with both teachers and students in the fall.
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When she was five, Dianne White said goodbye to her house and her teacher, Mrs. Dunlap, and hello to a new school, and her newest favorite teacher, Mr. Loop. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the award-winning author of Blue on Blue. She lives in Arizona, where she writes full-time. For more information, visit diannewrites.com or on Twitter @diannewrites
Daniel Wiseman remembers saying goodbye to the training wheels on his bike, and saying a great big hello to skinned knees and elbows. But the freedom of rolling on two wheels was well worth the bumps and bruises. He still rides his (slightly larger) bike almost every day. Daniel loves to draw, and has illustrated several books for children. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit him at danieldraws.com. and at Instagram @d_wiseman