French Ducks in Venice by Garret Freymann-Weyr

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A magical, lyrical, beautifully illustrated tale about friendship and healing--and the joys and risks of staying open to love, even in the face of loss.

Siblings George and Cecile live in Venice, California, but think of themselves as French ducks. They have an important friend, Polina Panova, who conjures magical dresses of thread, silk, and velvet . . . of grass, pieces of night sky, and strawberry jam. To the ducks, who delight in her daily visits, Polina is a princess. But when Polina's prince--who makes movies almost as luminous as her dresses--decides to go away, life on the canal changes, and so does Polina. What are two steadfast and affectionate French ducks to do? Save admit that every broken heart mends on its own time, in its own way? From an acclaimed Y A author and a talented debut illustrator comes a storybook classic full of light and hush, wisdom and whimsy, about patient friendship and the healing power of time.

About Garret Freymann-Weyr

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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.
Published December 13, 2011 by Candlewick. 56 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Preteens weaned on Disney princesses may swoon for this melancholy modern fairy tale starring the lovely Russian dressmaker Polina Panova who is neither a French duck nor from Venice, Italy, as the title suggests.

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“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, an...

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Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family Along the canals of Venice, California, two ducks named George and his sister, Cecil...

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All Polina tells the ducks is that he “had to go.” Instead of trying to find Sebastian and bring him back to Polina, Georges sets out to find a present for Polina, one that will bring beauty and happiness back into her life.

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Youth Services Book Review

Polina Panova loses her prince, Sebastian Sterling, which leads to contemplating the reality of people coming and going in one?s life.

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