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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tuesday Variants

Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup isn't a folk or fairytale retelling, but I think of her as an illustrator-like variant.  Let me explain.  Britta's hand-printed papers are becoming a signature for her, as Eric Carle's style is unique, as Denise Fleming's style is one-of-a kind, so is Britta Teckentrup's style coming through in it's own individualistic way.
Clumsy Duck has a friend, Chick that tries to help her find out why her feet are so big and why she is so clumsy.  Of course Duck figures out, accidentally, that she is not clumsy in the water.This is as much a friendship story as one of self-discovery.  We all need, and I hope have, a friend like Chick is to Duck. 
The art for Clumsy Duck was prepared by hand-printing paper which was scanned and manipulated into a digital form.  I like all the textures and the little frog, lizard, spider, and other insects and bugs that follow the main characters through the story.

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