Be/Hold: A Friendship Book uses word play, compound words, and bright splashes of color to explore ways of uplifting those we love, even through challenging times.
Publication date: April 2, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-9996584-2-0 (hardcover)
Shira’s official Be/Hold song
In Be/Hold: A Friendship Book visual artist, poet, and musician Shira Erlichman opens with the line, “Sweetheart, sometimes when I’m feeling blue I put my ear to the wind & listen for you,” building a one-of-a-kind story of friendship from her love of compound words (i.e. toothbrush, windbreaker, behold) in a book that uplifts, encourages, and honors the people we care about most.
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“Nascent wordsmiths will be left keen to explore the expressive possibilities for themselves.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Her debut picture book Be/Hold: a friendship book is a poem that delves into abstract art, word play, a love song to a sweetheart, as well as acceptance of someone other than ourself. It’s a wonderful melange of all these things at once! It must be read to be believed.” —Jena Benton, jenabenton.com