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French Ducks in Venice

by Garret Freymann-Weyr

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Beautiful illustrations. The story left me slightly sad, though I think that was intentional.
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
I enjoyed this story of two French ducks who live in Venice California, though from the cover I was afraid it was going to be a Disney Adventure. It wasn't, rather it was a lyrical and sweet fable about love and loss and carrying on. I'm not sure who the target audience for this one is, though. It's too long for the picture-book crowd, too babyish looking for the chapter-book people... I don't know who will pick it up. I do know that they will be glad they did. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
A charming fairy tale but the illustrations remind me too much of a Disney production. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Amazon Best Children’s Books of the Month, December 2011: Illustrated in a style that is reminiscent of classic animated children’s films, French Ducks in Venice is a story of friendship, loyalty, loss, and healing, told with warmth and heart. A pair of ducks, Georges and Cécile, befriend a young dressmaker, Polina, who they call a “Russian princess” for her gowns made, not only of cotton and silk, but also “pieces of the night sky, and strawberry jam.” This princess has a prince, Sebastian, who makes her very happy, until one day he goes away--for good. The reader never learns why Sebastian went away, only that Polina is very sad as a result. The ducks bring Polina a gift of golden light from where the sea meets the sky, and with the passage of time she emerges from her sadness, a reassuring reminder of the endless opportunity for new beginnings and happiness. --Seira Wilson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:32 -0400)

When Polina Panova's "prince" moves out of their Venice, California, house, two ducks that live on the canals but believe themselves to be French try to help Polina, a designer of magical dresses of thread, silk, velvet, grass, and pieces of night sky, by giving her something to make her stop being sad.… (more)

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