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review 2016-09-24 19:21
Book Review: Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch
Duck, Death and the Tulip - Wolf Erlbruch,Wolf Erlbruch,Penelope Todd,Catherine Chidgey

A sweet, simple and sad story about death. The drawings add depth to the text, which became quite poignant towards the end. From the moment Duck became aware of Death's hovering presence, their inevitable relationship deepened into friendship. In the drawings, Death's gifts Duck with a tulip - but the text makes the assumption that the reader will know the significance. Perhaps that was deliberate - ultimately death cannot be fully known, only guessed at.


While I enjoyed the book, especially the smiling, skull-faced Death and the quaintly appealing Duck, I was left feeling only sadness, where a similar book "Cry, Heart, But Never Break" uplifted me despite the poignancy.

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review 2011-07-17 00:00
Duck Death & Tulip
Duck Death & Tulip - Wolf Erlbruch A very poignant fable about the courage to face the end of life. It would take a very special child to experience this book. For that matter, it takes a courageous adult to read it as well. My sense of it is that someone who is already familiar with death and loss will find comfort in these pages. Death is an ordinary part of life, as portrayed here, yet our culture oftentimes treats it as something to be ignored or denied. Death comes to visit the duck long before the duck actually dies. The duck asks questions of Death, exploring the notions of mortality, heaven and hell. Duck and Death share experiences and bond together. After Duck dies, Death attends to Duck, releasing her body to the great river. 'For a long time he watched her. When she was lost to sight, he was almost a little moved. "But that's life," thought Death.' The final illustration is Death encircled by a fox chasing a hare.
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