Author: Edwina Wyatt
Illustrator: Lucia Masciullo
Publisher: Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont
Published: March 2016
RRP: 24.95
Format: Hardback, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-742979-63-2

Together Always

‘We will stick together.’

‘Always?’

‘Always.’

What happens when the dearest of friends want to go in different directions?

Edwina Wyatt’s perceptive story about individuality tells how friends find ways to be together, even when they are apart.

Sensitive and evocative illustrations by award-winning Lucia Masciullo bring love, bafflement and loneliness to life in this endearing ode to timeless friendship.

‘Together Always is a sweet, profound and mesmerising book of everlasting friendship and overcoming differences in opinion without compromising values.’ – Romi Sharp, Boomerang Books

“A truly beautiful book—the story and the illustrations are full of hope, life and joy.” – Where the Books Are

“Together Always reads like poetry – an ode to friendship with all its joys and sorrows. This is a story about how good friendship goes beyond being together all the time – it can be just as strong in absence as together, and it defies differences.

Such a perfect read for those times when kids struggle with their friendships, or when friends move away. Lucia Masciullo’s illustrations of pastel watercolours and pencil on a soft cream background match beautifully the wistful yet whimsical nature of the story.”– Kate Murray, Babyology

“Together Always is further evidence of Wyatt’s ability to sensitively depict the ups and downs of friendship and the differing needs of different personalities. Lucia Masciullo’s pencil and watercolour illustrations are a simply gorgeous accompaniment, capturing all the emotional nuances of Pig and Goat’s relationship. …Sometimes we all need to be reminded that we don’t always need to be ‘side by side’ for true friendship to endure.” – Anouska Jones, Kids’ Book Review

“Children will relate to the theme of friendship, loyalty and mutual support. Adults will appreciate the more complex themes of difficulties in reconciling the tension between pursuing individual wishes against commitment to a relationship.

Edwina’s text has a lovely rhythm with repetition of key phrases. With paucity of words a friendship of mutual support and interdependence is vividly described… A quality picture book which weaves a simple but pertinent story with an economy of well-chosen words and illustrations that enhance the story.” – Barbara Swartz, Reading Time

“A wonderful exploration of friendship and the way it survives absence and separation. It is also a reminder that friends can be different and have separate interests, and still be close to each other. Of course, it is also simply a moving, fun story with a touch of whimsy. The illustrations, in watercolour with pencil outlines on lovely cream pages, use rich pastel colours and quirky details but, of course, it is Pig and Goat themselves who are the most delightful. A beautiful tribute to friendship.” – Sally Murphy, Aussie Review

“This is an endearing book about friendship, change and compromise, and about allowing those we love to follow their dreams. The story also demonstrates that when you’re unable to physically be with your loved ones, they can still be in your heart.Wyatt uses repetition and rhythm to great effect in this heartwarming tale. Together Always would make a wonderful read for someone about to enter a period of change. – Liz Ledden, Buzz Words