The Friend Ship (Paperback)

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The Friend Ship (Paperback)

By Kat Yeh, Chuck Groenink (Illustrator)


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When Hedgehog is lonely, she overhears someone talking about the Friend Ship, so off she goes to find it. With comforting repetition, warm illustrations, and a plucky heroine, The Friend Ship proves that the journey may be destination all along. I dare you to read this book and not feel warm and fuzzies.

— Chelsea

A fresh and heartwarming read-aloud favorite about friendship, adventure, and appreciating what you have.

When Little Hedgehog hears about a mysterious Friend Ship that can help her no longer feel lonely, she sets off on a quest to find it.

Hedgehog imagines a ship filled with friends of all kinds! How lovely!
She braves the open seas in a boat of her own to track the ship down, and along her journey, she meets other lonely animals eager to find the Friend Ship as well. They search north. They search south. They search east.
Hedgehog and her new friends can't find the Ship anywhere! Until she realizes she knows just where the Friend Ship is. . .

This comforting tale by Kat Yeh, with charming illustrations by Chuck Groenink, proves that sometimes, what you're searching for is right in front of you.

Kat Yeh grew up reading, doodling, and scribbling in Westtown, Pennsylvania. She worked for many years in advertising and sports marketing while writing children’s books into the wee hours of the night. She is the author of other picture books and middle grade novels, including The Truth About Twinkie Pie. Visit Kat on Twitter @yehface.

Chuck Groenink is an illustrator from the Netherlands, where he graduated from the Department of Illustration at the Artez Institute of Visual Arts. Chuck now lives with his wife and two cats in New York. He is the illustrator of Santa Clauses by Bob Raczka and The Backwards Birthday Party by Tom Chapin and John Forster, as well as two other picture books published in Europe. See more of his work online at
Product Details ISBN: 9780316545655
ISBN-10: 0316545651
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 13th, 2024
Pages: 32
Language: English
“[A] standout among books about friendship.”—School Library Journal

“This heartwarming tale by Kat Yeh, with charming illustrations by Chuck Groenink, proves that sometimes, what you’re searching for is right in front of you.”

The Children's Book Council

“Groenink’s animals radiate sweetness ... The depth and quality of the light gives the spreads a hint of the sacred—just right for this hymn to friendship.”—Publishers Weekly

“Yeh makes effective use of dialogue and repetition, investing her characters with personality with just a few lines. Groenink employs sunny, warm hues that increase in saturation as the boat fills and Hedgehog becomes surrounded by friends. A sweet, simple story with a nicely offbeat heroine.”—Kirkus Reviews