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Seriously, you should totally read this.

Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers

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Jeffers, O. (2010). Up and down. New York: Philomel Books. ISBN: 9780399255458

Annotation: The boy and the penguin are best friends who do everything together, until the penguin decides he wants to learn to fly.

Reaction: I love these boy and penguin books. Once I found Lost and Found, I had to read all of Jeffers’ other books. The illustrations are simplistic and adorable, and the story is a sweet tale about two friends being best friends. I love the bright colors Jeffers uses in his illustrations and the big text. Jeffers doesn’t over complicate his illustrations or the text, which allows these books to work well for younger kids while still appealing to them as they get older.

Media Used: Watercolor on Arches cold-pressed paper

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