Was surprised that a 504-piece black and white picture could be such a challenge. Split up the pieces onto trays by straight or zigzag lines, eyes, feet and other distinguishing characteristics. A magnifying glass is a must, as I'm learning about the features of these endangered animals - which ones have whiskers, horns or tusks, and what kind of feet or ears they have.
Looking forward to the Endangered Birds next.
Love the shirt. Frequently get compliments, but might just be because I’m soooo good lookin.
I encourage you to narrate (simultaneously show illustrations), preferably to many of all ages. The titillating, witty, profound, endearing, poignant and beautiful prose tickles your tongue, throat, heart and soul. This book, exquisitely and brilliantly illustrated by no doubt one of the best illustrators I have ever seen, clearly depicts or deepens understanding of Elena's and Duck's journey. There are numerous anecdotes and realizations scattered strategically throughout the book that I, at any age, could empathize from both dark and lovely moments in life. The author used unique ways to use logic to understand "foggy" feelings and further demonstrated how to let go of haunting pasts or pain, accept and live in the present and look forward to a future filled with companionship, happiness and love. As an avid reader and author, this book is coveted. Though they're distinguishable, I hoist Paul Burton to the echelon and esteem of my life-long favorite, Shel Silverstein.
The first words that come to mind are lyrical, humorous and endearing. The beautiful and highly talented illustrations give added dimension and clarity to the poetry of his words. I found that much of Elena's story has appeared many times in my life when stress, overwhelming, and foggy isolation filled my days until I was able to lift the fog and reduce my fears to open my heart enough to love and feel loved. No matter what age you read this (whether it is read aloud- which is highly recommended) and the next times you get to enjoy it again, you will have new "aha!" moments. This should be in everyone's home and proudly displayed.
Since I was young, I've always had to tame my feathers (unruly gobs of hair). For decades my nickname has been duck, my wife even has the quack ringtone when I phone her. I felt this was important to mention because I found an instant connection to Elena and Duck. This book is timeless- each time I read it, I will surmise another realization about life, love, letting go of fear and trusting that I can be loved. I have both a highly logical mind that miscommunicates with my strong feelings at times- a lesson I further understand from this book. A delightful read and exquisitely brilliant illustrations.
This shirt not only looks great it feels great as well. Doing my part to help protect the elephants feels even better.
Smartly written, a great read. The illustrations are fantastic. A collector's item in the making!
Paul is one of the most creative people I know, and I was excited to share his first book with my kids. The illustrations are classic Burton with so much detail to discover. My 7 year old daughter even commented about how much she liked all the swirling! The story had a lot of good build and anticipation, and the payoff is well worth it. I felt the vocabulary and length were a bit much for my kids' attention span but certainly gives us good reason to read over and over. Great work Paul!
Paul Burton's warm and charming story "Quack" gently reminds us all, children and adults alike, of the magic we can find when we trust ... in ourselves, in friendship, and in love. It is a story of self-discovery, letting go of fear, and surrendering a sometimes desperate need to understand and control everything. The story's simple truth is accompanied by exquisitely rendered and brilliantly arresting black-and-white illustrations. Burton juxtaposes his elegant linear draftsmanship - his extraordinary assurance of line - with the quirky, charming, and playful characters depicted, and the result is truly unique. This is a book you and your children can spend hours discovering and enjoying visually, and the simple, lyrical rhyme of the story will make it a pleasure to real aloud, over and over again. It is, truly, a timeless book.
Really, just a delightfully told and illustrated story about a little girl discovering that sometimes life just "is what it is" and need not be completely overthought. Elena learns that itﻗ°ﻷs okay to let go, trust her instincts, and love freelyﻗ°½with an insanely adorable duck showing her the way. Burtonﻗ°ﻷs charming style, in both his verse and illustrations, makes Quack! a book my kids and I will reach for over and overﻗ°½discovering something that resonates anew each time.