Ruby and Fred by Blair Lent

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An award-winning illustrator tells a warm and charming preschool story with inimitable style and a good dose of fun.

Ruby is a talkative parrot who loves to play with Fred, a quiet poodle. Fred watches out for Ruby. But Ruby also likes to tease Chita, a cat who doesn't like parrots -- especially parrots that talk! From the moment they wake up in the morning until they go to sleep at night, their day is filled with fun and mischief.

Inspired by the real-life adventures of pets he knows, award-winning illustrator Blair Lent has created a charming, energetic picture book that's perfect for active preschoolers -- who may even see a little bit of themselves in Ruby, Fred, and Chita.

About Blair Lent

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Blair Lent has received many illustration awards, including three Caldecott Honors and the Caldecott Medal for The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel. He also illustrated Ms. Mosel's Tikki Tikki Tembo, a best-seller since its publication in 1968. Mr.Lent's work in Ruby and Fred, and in The Beastly Feast by Bruce Goldstone, was influenced by carved wooden animals made by artisans near Oaxaca, Mexico. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published October 1, 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The text combines humdrum commentary (""Morning is bath time"") with Ruby's one-sided dialogue, printed in red (""Wash me, wash me./ Hee, hee, hee!/ Hey, that tickles!/ Ha, ha, ha!"" says Ruby as Fred licks her clean).

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