Project Description

Best Friend In the Whole World
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Coming Spring 2021

Best Friend in the Whole World

by Sandra Salsbury

Have you ever had an imaginary friend? Then you’ll love the heartwarming story of Roland, a lonely rabbit, and his beloved best friend, a pine cone named Milton. A charming debut from author-illustrator Sandra Salsbury.

Roland lives a quiet life filled with books, music, and tea parties for one, but sometimes he feels rather lonely. When Roland finds the perfect companion in Milton (Good listener! Enjoys music! Also alone!), he is overjoyed. It’s okay that Milton is just a pine cone; they have so much in common. But clues start popping up in the woods, suggesting someone else might be missing their best pine cone friend. Roland must decide if it’s worth leaving someone else in their loneliness to keep Milton in his life.

In this sweet and moving picture book about loneliness, friendship, and compassion, debut author-illustrator Sandra Salsbury celebrates the transformative power of connection and the painful melancholy of loss. Endearingly classic illustrations bring a charming forest world to life.

To pre-order this book, please contact sales at 1-800-241-0113 (404-876-8761) between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-250-5
Publication Date: 3/1/2021
Page Count: 40
Size: 9-3/4″ x 9-3/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

F&P: J, Gr 1, Genre F
Lexile: AD550L
Themes: Friendship, Loneliness, Loss, Connection
BISAC 1: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
BISAC 2: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 3: JUV002210 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Rabbits


“The simplified forms, curving lines, and muted colors in the watercolor illustrations suit this gentle, rather melancholy story well…. An engaging picture book with craft-project potential.” —Booklist

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Sandra Salsbury

Sandra Salsbury received the 2018 SCBWI Don Freeman Illustration Grant. She has a BFA and MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and lives in Berkeley, California, where she cares for numerous house plants and a software engineer. She enjoys hiking, snooping at open houses, and telling people what to do on the internet.