BEAR AND DUCK by Katy Hudson
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BEAR AND DUCK

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fed up and frustrated with the indignities of life as a bear, Bear joins a family of ducks only to end up realizing that being a bear has its own compensations.

“That’s it!” Bear growls after angry bees sting his nose. “I am done being a bear.” When a family of ducks passes by, Bear slips into line, hoping he can join in unnoticed. Young children (and their parents) will recognize Bear’s angry frustration and then his eager hopefulness as he begs his new friend to teach him how to be a perfect duck. Bear tries to be a good student, building a giant nest to keep an egg safe and warm, swimming with gleeful—and splashy—joy, and finding the perfect hill to practice flying. But of course, all does not go as planned. After a crash landing, Bear realizes that he isn’t so good at being a duck and climbs a tree to sulk. Debut author/illustrator Hudson delights readers with expressive, endearing characters and sweetly ridiculous situations. Her watercolors are softly shaded, with lovely texture. Ink details add fine points, both in the setting and characters. In the end, Bear and readers realize that being “a really good bear… / and a really good friend” are as sweet as licking a paw (or wing) full of honey.

A charming story of friendship and acceptance, distinguished by humorous and affectionate illustrations. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 12th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-06-232051-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2015




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