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Duck, Death and the Tulip

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This is the final installment of Aprils’s My Take/Your Take. To follow the whole conversation, start with Cry, Heart, but Never Break, followed by What’s Your Story? and Samira and the Skeletons. array(9) {

Parents who choose to discuss death with their young children may feel this odd import is an excellent discussion starter (if they don't find it peculiar and macabre). Few readers could fail to be impressed in one way or another, by this outstanding book. It’s haunting and it’s hopeful. What more could anyone ask of great literature?JANELLE: As we read and discussed this book in class, we all were cognizant of the fact we had begun April’s My Take/Your Take with a book on death — the Batchelder winner for 2017 entitled Cry, Heart, But Never Break (Ringtved, 2016). So comparisons were made across these two titles that each have a unique explanation for and about death and couch the message if sensitively told narrative. Since the U.S. doesn’t have many books that deal so boldly with sensitive issues, these books were intriguing, although the plan was not to focus on the issue of death but to tap into award winning books and their creators from different countries. Sieglinde Duchateau, in a review of the Dutch translation, also praised the book: "The atmosphere is warm, intimate, and full of comfort. In the masterpiece a difficult theme is made accessible for children in an idiosyncratic manner with a touch of humor." [4] but it’s a picture book for all ages. Graphically it’s the most beautiful book. There’s so much courage in the Haase, Deborah. "Exklusiv: Matthias Bruhn im Gespräch". Lucas filmfestival. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012 . Retrieved 8 May 2012.

EN: I absolutely adore this picture book. It is short, sweet, and the illustrations are beautiful. I think it would be the perfect way to explain a sudden passing or death in general to children. The entire book feels incredibly peaceful and I think that is incredibly important when you inform a child about this natural process so you do not add unnecessary fear.The character of Death is depicted as a dressing-gown clad figure with a stylised skull for a head. Obviously any representation of a skull comes heavily loaded with our pre-conceived baggage that we hang on this symbolism, but the look of the character is softened by the rest of the figure who looks like they are perpetually ready for bed or haven’t bothered to get dressed for the day. Explaining the topic of death in a way that is honest, lightly philosophical and with gentle humor, this enchanting book has been translated into multiple languages, adapted into an animated movie and short film and performed on stages worldwide.

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