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Kind Words for Jack and Charlie:
Spring 2020 Kids Indie Next List

“A beautifully illustrated story inspired by a real animal friendship! Jack the goat needs his own space, until he meets up with Charlie the horse at an animal rescue ranch, where they discover that together they can overcome their fears and challenges. Readers will identify with the themes of friendship and cooperation.”
— Janice Penner, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS

"This picture book has much to offer for young readers about life’s challenges and how we handle them." — School Library Journal


". . .this picture book has a good deal to offer. The well crafted, quiet text focuses on the two animals and tells their story in a simple, childlike manner. With rounded forms, soft edges, and layered colors, the illustrations create the characters and their varied moods expressively. "        — Booklist

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All the animals at the Open Bud Ranch can see that Jack likes keeping his space to himself—but when Charlie arrives, he doesn’t see Jack at all. He’s still getting used to seeing out of only one of his eyes. 
     The two get off to a bumpy start. At first Jack, is anxious and distrustful. But one day, he summons his courage and guides Charlie to his favorite sunlit field: this way, Charlie. And so begins a powerful friendship, which gets tested by life’s storms—but ultimately changes each life for the better.
     From the award-winning team behind Ida, Always comes a sensitive, nuanced story about kindness, patience, and love—and the importance of understanding and accepting one another’s challenges and differences.
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