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It's useful to have a duck
(Tener un patito es útil)


A little boy finds a rubber duck and uses him as a hat, a straw, a nose. But how does the duck use the little boy? By turning the book over, readers find the same story told from the duck’s point of view.


Witty line drawings and text by the gifted Argentine author/illustrator Isol remind even the youngest child that there are always two points of view, and more than one way to be. This charming, innovative book in the form of an accordion is beautifully packaged in a slipcase.

Selected by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), USA, "AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers 2008"
Silver Mention at the Quorum Awards (Consejo de Diseñadores de México)
Commended Banco de Libro's (IBBY Venezuela) Best Books for Children and Youth, 2008 
Nominated for the German Children's Literature Prize 2013 (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2013)

"Do not be deceived by the simple-looking board format: This is not for babies. Rather, it challenges children who have accepted the initial premise with developmentally appropriate narcissism to regard the world from the opposite perspective. Gently mind-bending, this playful import, packaged in a slipcase, will get readers thinking."
— Kirkus Review

Rights sold

• Arabic: Tamer Institute

• German: Jungbrunnen Verlag

• Spanish: Fondo de Cultura Económica

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