Together Always, written by Edwina Wyatt and illustrated by Lucia Masciullo, is a sweet, profound and mesmerising book of everlasting friendship and overcoming differences in opinion without comprising values.
Pig and Goat ‘always‘ do everything together, no matter what fruit hangs from the trees in the orchard. They laze about in the sun and the stream, tell tales and hum tunes when the other is down. One BIG night Goat decides he feels the need to take Pig and go exploring over the hills. But when Pig misses his home, they forfeit their ‘sticking together always‘ pact and part ways. To soothe themselves to sleep or to comfort themselves when they feel lonely, Pig and Goat find ways to remember each other. They know that although they are physically apart, they are, in fact, ‘always‘ in each other’s hearts.
Gorgeously textured pencil and watercolours in splats and strokes magnificently outline the characters, showing both the elements of togetherness and individuality. This is further carried through when the mix of cool and warm tones are subtly separated when the friends are apart from one another.
Together Always is a deep and meaningful story with plenty of playful moments. It would perfectly suit pre-schoolers and beyond who might be grappling with complex friendships or missing a mate who has moved out of their immediate everyday world.
Little Hare Books, Hardie Grant Egmont, March 2016.
Read the full post here: It is so important, particularly today, that our future generations are brought up as genuinely kind and caring people with peace and prosperity in heart and mind. It is our duty to continue to empower and raise our children as strong, tolerant and protective members of our society and environment. I love these following picture books for their beautiful messages of compassion, fervour, accepting differences, and making differences.
Thanks to Romi Sharp for this lovely review!