Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting and Sergio Ruzzier

As the title suggests, Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? tells the story of a duck who can’t find his beloved new blue socks and goes around asking his friends if they have seen them.

Created by the same author/illustrator pair behind Tweak Tweak, this book features the same muted colours and distinctive style of illustrations as the former, but is targeted at a younger audience and features less text and a simpler storyline.

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Little Bear’s Little Boat by Eve Bunting and Nancy Carpenter

The process of growing up not only involves changes in appearance and size, but also emotional maturity, thanks to the combination of a gradual accruement of experience and knowledge, as well as societal expectations of us to behave a certain way by a certain age. In other words, even if you tried, you can’t help but grow up eventually — although, not without experiencing some growing pains along the way, no doubt.

In Little Bear’s Little Boat, Little Bear spends idyllic days on his beloved little boat, just rowing, fishing and dreaming on Huckleberry Lake.

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Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting and Jeff Mack

Hurry! Hurry! is a very cute book set in a farm, where all the animals are rushed to someplace to witness a very special event. It uses repetition very effectively to tell the story together with the illustrations and convey a sense of urgency: “Hurry! Hurry!”, “Faster! Faster!”, “Go! Go!” etc. The urgency of the story makes perfect sense too when you get to the sweet conclusion.

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