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A Friendship Book


68 Pages, 6.5 x 8.5

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.99)

Publication Date: April 2019

ISBN 9780999658420

Rights: WOR

Penny Candy Books (Apr 2019)

Price: $17.95


Behold the fun of compound words in this poetic ode to friendship with bright splashes of color and bold drawings.In Be/Hold: A Friendship Book visual artist, poet, and musician Shira Erlichman opens with the line, "Sweetheart, sometimes when I'm feeling blue I put my ear to the wind & listen for you," building a one-of-a-kind story of friendship from her love of compound words (i.e. toothbrush, windbreaker, behold) in a book that uplifts, encourages, and honors the people we care about most. With an afterword exploring compound words and accompanying word play activity.


"An ode to the pleasures and surprises of compound words: 'the smallest poem in the English language'. Erlichman writes short lines of love and comfort, addressed to an unspecified 'you' and laced throughout with standard or newly fashioned compound words: 'A friendship is like that. / With sails powered by / the deepest of breaths. / Some might call it a loveship… / or a songship…or a wowship… / and they'd be right. / But even if your ship's makeshift, / come beloved, be loved / by me'."—Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

In Hebrew shira means poem and song. True to her name, Shira Erlichman loves to write poems and sing songs. She also loves to draw pictures. Shira's art can be found in The Huffington Post, PBS NewsHour's Poetry Series, The Rumpus, on sidewalks, in living rooms, and in your boombox. Her favorite compound word is seesaw. She immigrated from Israel to the US when she was six and now lives in Brooklyn where she teaches and creates.