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Review:

"YA author Freymann-Weyr (After the Moment) examines grief in her first picture book; a dusting of Hollywood glamour makes newcomer McGuire's rich digital illustrations, which have the feel of concept art for an animated film, an inspired choice. The heroine, Polina Panova, is a lovely dressmaker in Venice, Calif., whose filmmaker boyfriend has left her. She's bereft, and her friends Georges and Cécile, ducks who live in the canal behind her house, are indignant. 'I will start looking for her new prince,' Georges announces. 'Ducks do not find princes,' Cécile scolds. 'Princesses find them.' Freymann-Weyr's mannered narrative voice keeps emotions firmly in check ('This will not do,' are Georges's harshest words), and her storytelling gifts are unmistakable: Polina's dresses, she writes, are made with 'grass, flowers, pieces of the night sky, and strawberry jam.' There's virtue in presenting a portrait of loss with a spoonful of sugar; readers learn how to talk about hurt ('I will always be a little bit sad,' says Polina, explaining that time doesn't erase pain completely), while McGuire's cinematically lit pictures recall classic Disney images of winsome animals consoling star-crossed heroines. Ages 5 — 10. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Garret Freymann-Weyr is the author of many acclaimed books for young adults, including MY HEARTBEAT, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, STAY WITH ME, and AFTER THE MOMENT. About French Ducks in Venice, her first picture book, she says, "I used to feed the ducks in Central Park and was thrilled to find them in Venice." She currently lives in North Carolina.

Erin McGuire is a fine artist and freelance illustrator. This is her first picture book. She lives in Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763641733
Author:
Freymann-weyr, Garret
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
McGuire, Erin
Author:
Freymann-Weyr, Garret
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Waterfowl
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-COLOR
Pages:
56
Dimensions:
9.35 x 7.99 x 0.45 in 0.835 lb
Age Level:
from 5 up to 9

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Product details 56 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763641733 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "YA author Freymann-Weyr (After the Moment) examines grief in her first picture book; a dusting of Hollywood glamour makes newcomer McGuire's rich digital illustrations, which have the feel of concept art for an animated film, an inspired choice. The heroine, Polina Panova, is a lovely dressmaker in Venice, Calif., whose filmmaker boyfriend has left her. She's bereft, and her friends Georges and Cécile, ducks who live in the canal behind her house, are indignant. 'I will start looking for her new prince,' Georges announces. 'Ducks do not find princes,' Cécile scolds. 'Princesses find them.' Freymann-Weyr's mannered narrative voice keeps emotions firmly in check ('This will not do,' are Georges's harshest words), and her storytelling gifts are unmistakable: Polina's dresses, she writes, are made with 'grass, flowers, pieces of the night sky, and strawberry jam.' There's virtue in presenting a portrait of loss with a spoonful of sugar; readers learn how to talk about hurt ('I will always be a little bit sad,' says Polina, explaining that time doesn't erase pain completely), while McGuire's cinematically lit pictures recall classic Disney images of winsome animals consoling star-crossed heroines. Ages 5 — 10. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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