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The story of Mr. Duck and Mr. Rabbit is a lesson to us all about reaching out. Every morning, Mr. Duck and Mr. Rabbit hurry past each other on their way to work and every evening they hurry past each other on their way home. Their paths cross in the town square and in the street and even in the park, but though both of them are dreadfully lonely, neither has the courage to speak.

With very simple text and gorgeous illustrations, Natalia Colombo has created a book that will ...

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Overview

The story of Mr. Duck and Mr. Rabbit is a lesson to us all about reaching out. Every morning, Mr. Duck and Mr. Rabbit hurry past each other on their way to work and every evening they hurry past each other on their way home. Their paths cross in the town square and in the street and even in the park, but though both of them are dreadfully lonely, neither has the courage to speak.

With very simple text and gorgeous illustrations, Natalia Colombo has created a book that will challenge the reader to realize that friendships are precious and there are opportunities for friendship all around us, if only we pay attention.

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Publishers Weekly
This serious-minded moral tale mourns the anonymous urban lives of Mr. Duck and Mr. Rabbit, who walk wordlessly past each other every day, “on the way to work... and on the way back. Whether they’re in a hurry... whether they’re sad or happy.” Mr. Duck and Mr. Rabbit themselves are simple creatures—a rabbit with a diminutive pink nose, and a duck with a pointy orange beak. The backdrops, by contrast, are heavily worked, painted in muted colors and often striped or paneled. The animals’ world is slightly cheered by bulbous cars and stick-like bicycles, but dimmed by the unspoken feelings that make them both close their eyes in despair. It’s not until the final page that Colombo lets them meet (“What a difference... one little word could make,” she points out, as they stand beak to nose and say, “Hello”). A single page shows them sharing coffee, carpooling, walking under a single umbrella and seesawing together before the book ends. Readers may feel it’s scant compensation for all the somber pages before. Ages 4-7. (May)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Every day Mr. Duck and Mr. Rabbit walk past each other on their way to work and back. They feel as they go, however, that they never say hello to each other. "What a difference... one little word could make." We see, on the final spread, what that word, "hello," might do for these two lonely people. The two characters, one white with an orange beak and the other white with long ears, are very simply imagined. They exist in a stark landscape with oddly shaped trees. They ride in similar vehicles and live in similar skinny houses. There is a melancholy feeling to the changing colors of the sky. The story begins on the front end pages: a strange, graph paper-like background and oddly placed circles with the two characters staring at each other. The back end pages repeat everything without the characters, only the words "the end." The cover illustration of the pair on a seesaw predicts a happy ending. The lesson is obvious. There is a poster on the reverse of the jacket. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2—Interestingly designed illustrations portray Mr. Duck and Mr. Rabbit, who pass one another going back and forth to work every day. The last page shows the fun things they could do together if only they'd say hello. The painterly illustrations with rough textures and brush marks are simple but expressive. A creative doodle drawing style is used in title lettering and endpapers. The short text and the large pictures make this a successful selection. Independent readers may be enticed by the illustrations and theme of friendship.—Debbie Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770492073
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

NATALIA COLOMBO studied at the Architecture and Graphic Design Faculty of Buenos Aires, the city where she lives. She works for many newspapers, including La Nacion and takes part in art exhibitions. She also illustrates text books and picture books for children.
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