Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch

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In a strangely heart-warming story, a duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death. Death, Duck and the Tulip will intrigue, haunt and enchant readers of all ages. Simple, unusual, warm and witty, this book deals with a difficult subject in a way that is elegant, straightforward, and thought-provoking.
 

About Wolf Erlbruch

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Wolf Erlbruch is considered one of Europe's most important illustrators. He has written and illustrated countless books for children and in 2002 was winner of a special career award from German Children's Literature Circle.
 
Published August 1, 2008 by Gecko Press. 38 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Touched but undeterred, Death waits patiently until one day Duck succumbs, whereupon he launches her (and the titular tulip) out upon the “great river.” Erlbruch’s text, in Chidgey's translation, offers plenty to talk about, with touches of gentle humor as well as some briskly summarized views of...

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The Guardian

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Duck, Death and the Tulip is the creation of award-winning German artist and writer Wolf Erlbruch, who has chosen childhood as his subject in the manner of, say, William Golding or Harper Lee.

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Publishers Weekly

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Duck drapes herself over Death when he gets a chill (“Nobody had ever offered to do that for Death”), and Death offers Duck some end-of-life pointers (when Duck worries about missing her pond, Death says, “When you’re dead, the pond will be gone, too—at least for you”).

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ABC Perth

From there the storyline unfolds, with the Duck, Ella Hetherington, beautifully costumed in a feather dress and cap, joining Death on stage to explore how life and death fit together.

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