CHIBI by Barbara Brenner


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Age Range: 7 - 9
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 A wild mother duck lands in a pond outside a Tokyo office building; seemingly oblivious to the crowds of human observers, she raises her brood, then leads them across an eight-lane highway to a roomier body of water--the great moat in the Emperor's Imperial Gardens. The birds become national media celebrities; reporters camp out as police officers hover, ready to stop traffic when Mother decides to make the move. Later, three ducklings are washed away in a storm, but after an anxious search, two are recovered- -including the smallest, Chibi. Many children will have caught glimpses of this modern Make Way for Ducklingslike family on the news or in a documentary that appears frequently in the US. Brenner (The Earth Is Painted Green, 1994, etc.) and Takaya relay the facts with obvious affection for their subject and make the text just long enough to be divided into two chapters; it includes a smidgen of Japanese. Otani's neatly drawn, evenly lit watercolors capture the tale's simple charm in clean, roomy scenes of smiling people in casual Western dress photographing--but never trying to feed or handle--the dappled, lively ducklings. (notes, glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 20th, 1996
ISBN: 0-395-69623-2
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1995


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