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Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?by Eve Bunting
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and#8220;I have lost my new blue socks. Did I put them in my box?and#8221; Simple rhymesand#8212;including socks, box, fox, and ox!and#8212;spin the tale of a small duck who waddles through the countryside, forlornly searching for his blue socks. and#8220;Iand#8217;m trying not to be depressed. / Without my socks I feel undressed.and#8221; Finally, a sharp-eyed peacock sees a bit of blue peeking out of duckand#8217;s lace-up shoes and the mini-mystery is solved! Soft-hued, adorable pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings adorn this winsome story that shares the familiar experience of not really losing something after all.
"There's something particularly upsetting about losing a brand-new possession, so it's no wonder that Duck is feeling a little lost himself: 'I'm trying not to be depressed./ Without my socks I feel undressed.' His friends — whose names also rhyme with 'socks' — are sympathetic and offer tips ('I may have seen your new blue socks — / I saw some socks down on the rocks,' says Mr. Ox). As in their 2011 collaboration, Tweak Tweak, Bunting and Ruzzier create a lightly surreal and emotionally benevolent landscape, this time introducing a hero who's considerably more independent than the baby elephant from the earlier book. The book's gentle takeaway — reinforced by Ruzzier's signature offbeat aesthetic (Duck is colored soft green; Mr. Ox sits alone in a field, painting a landscape) and Bunting's solid, conversational rhymes — is twofold. When you lose something, action is better than tantrum. And when someone you know loses something, respond with genuine helpfulness — and don't make fun of them when it turns out that they were (ahem) wearing their beloved blue socks the entire time. Ages 4 — 8. Illustrator's agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Duck can't find his new blue socks. He looks everywhere—except on his own feet!
New blue socks are great—but not if they're lost! Duck looks everywhere and asks everyone, but no one knows where to find the socks. A sharp-eyed peacock figures out exactly where an absent-minded duck's socks might be. Sharp-eyed readers might spot them too! A mini-mystery for the very young, this simple story in sprightly verse is a fresh look at the familiar childhood experience of lost and found.
About the Author
EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, and numerous novels. She lives in Southern California.
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