Booklist (January 1, 2011 (Vol. 107, No. 9))
Preschool-Grade 2. Chester adores his best friend, Forsythia, and he is breathless with admiration at her amazing feats. She makes him a tall, layered birthday cake and then flies right out of it; she grows shining purple roses that bloom in the middle of winter snow; she can play piano while standing on her head; and she has tamed the ferocious animals at the city zoo so well “that they never arrive late for tea.” Then there is a reversal when Forsythia is not feeling well, and Chester performs amazing feats for her. He rearranges all her stuffed animals, gives her a bouquet of her namesake flower, and plays “Chopsticks” on his accordion for her with only 13 mistakes. The young audience will welcome the wild, imaginative play and the story of loyal friendship, all captured in the winsome ink, watercolor, and pencil illustrations.