Duck's Breath and Mouse Pie by Steve Jenkins
A Collection of Animal Superstitions

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Animals have long been believed to have the power to change people's fortunes, cure illness, or foretell the future. Steve Jenkins has gathered seventeen superstitions and interpreted them in whimsical collages. Historical notes explain the origins of these seemingly illogical folk beliefs, making this collection as informative as it is entertaining.

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Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.
Published August 15, 1994 by Houghton Mifflin. 47 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Of greater interest is a final section in which the author briefly explains each maxim, placing it in historical and cultural context and otherwise amplifying it (for example, in Scotland, encountering a black cat is considered good luck).

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