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First Friend

First Friend

How Dogs Evolved from Wolves to Become Our Best Friends

Kersten Hamilton; illustrated by Jaime Kim

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


With lyrical text by Kersten Hamilton and luminous illustrations by Jaime Kim, First Friend is an exploration of how the wild wolves became dogs, and how we learned to communicate and grow alongside the creatures we love.

Long, long ago, when the world was new. . .a girl met a pup.

In those days, everyone knew that wolves and children could not be friends. Still, they learned from each other—how to hunt, how to trade, how to survive, how to play. And years and years went by, and the world spun and changed. And then—a boy fished with a wolf, and a girl traded with a wild dog, and animal and human grew up side by side. . .into the best friends we are today.

Praise for First Friend

“Hamilton’s repetitive story is simple but effective in conveying the evolution of wolves into dogs. Kids will love noticing the difference in the humans’ lives as the years pass. . .Kim’s watercolor, acrylic, and gouache artwork adds warmth and familiarity to the story with its friendly faces, guarded-then-playful pups, and use of vivid colors. . .A great story time choice for all libraries, perfect for launching discussions of fact and speculation, and how they can be combined.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“A lyrical exploration of how wolves evolved into dogs. . .Delightful—especially appealing for young readers who have or wish for a puppy. ” —Kirkus Reviews


Reviews from Goodreads

Kersten Hamilton; illustrated by Jaime Kim

Kersten Hamilton is the author of numerous books for children, including the picture books Red Truck, Yellow Copter, and Blue Boat. She lives in New Mexico. Visit her website for more information.

Jaime Kim
is an artist and illustrator. Her debut illustrated picture book, Take Heart, My Child, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. She lives in North Carolina. Visit her website for more information.

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Kersten Hamilton
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Jaime Kim

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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