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*Hey, Duck!* by Carin Bramsen
Also written and/or illustrated by Carin Bramsen:

The Yellow Tutu
Hey, Duck!
by Carin Bramsen
Ages 3-5 40 pages Random House January 2013 Hardcover    

Cat realizes that she misses her friend Duck when he wanders away to play in a puddle alone. Bramsenís storyline about friendship and identity is humorous and full of expression.

Two different typefaces make the rhyming dialogue between the cat and the duck easy to read. This story exaggerates the differences that can exist between friends (Duck is playful and social; Cat is cranky and distant) and stresses the importance of forgiveness.

As the young duck and cat walk through the tall grass, their views are of puddles, flowers, and blue skies. Later in the story, two yellow objects hiding in the grass fool Cat into thinking sheís found Duck.

Bramsenís illustrations (also found in The Yellow Tutu by Kirsten Bramsen) emphasize texture and detail. In The Hey, Duck!, her first authored picture book, she captures the softness of an animal, the roughness of tree bark, and the rejuvenating feeling of a summerís day.

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