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As a boy and his mother move quickly through the city, they're drawn to different things. The boy sees a dog, a butterfly, and a hungry duck while his mother rushes them toward the departing train. It's push and pull, but in the end, they both find something to stop for.

Acclaimed author/illustrator Antoinette Portis' signature style conveys feelings of warmth, curiosity, humor and tenderness in this simple, evocative story.

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About the Author


Antoinette Portis is the author of many inventive books, including Not a Box, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Geisel Honor Book.  She is the recipient of a Sendak Fellowship. Froodle is her first book for Roaring Brook Press. Ms. Portis lives in southern California.

Praise For…


“Beautifully controlled pacing and an immensely satisfying rainbow resolution make this book an effective refutation of frenzied schedules.” —Kirkus, starred review

“Portis has a gift for creating rich visual narratives for young children; this one will resonate with their caretakers, too.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Economy and affection give this story the dimensions of a classic.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Portis fills her friendly, accessible images with predictive details. Observant children will notice slickers, umbrellas, and other clues of things to come throughout the pages (is that a rainbow pop he points to on the ice-cream truck?), adding richness to this sweet story about appreciating life's simple pleasures.” —The Horn Book, starred review



Product Details
ISBN: 9781596439214
ISBN-10: 1596439211
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: July 14th, 2015
Pages: 32
Language: English

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