TWEAK TWEAK by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier (Clarion Books, 2011)
Here’s a simple and charming tale about a child who takes the tail of her mother, who introduces her to the wideness of the world as they stroll. The child asks about the creatures she sees, and wants to know if she can, for instance, jump like a frog. No, but she can stomp her foot and make a big sound. Can she climb up an acacia tree like a monkey? No, but she can rub her back against the tree and scratch. Can she fly like a butterfly? No, but she can wave her ears like big butterfly wings. The little elephant comes to admire differences and respect herself. The story, with winsome pen and ink and watercolors, ends with mama taking her child’s tail as she leads the way home.
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