Hattie & Hudson

Hattie & Hudson

Picture Book - 2017 | 1st ed
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It's a summer day so beautiful and peaceful that Hattie, paddling in her canoe in the middle of a lake, can't help but sing. In the deep water below, a creature is lurking. He's huge and green, with a long, long neck, and he rarely leaves his lair. But on this day, he hears something sweet and inviting. He hears a song. What happens when the creature rises to the surface is nothing short of magical.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763665456
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Alternative Title: Hattie and Hudson

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MeganCole
Jun 03, 2020

I worry that this book promotes the idea of “the lovable monster” and continues the narrative that someone/thing different has to “prove themselves” in order to gain basic safety. Not even acceptance, *safety*. This book came up as a suggestion when I searched for “racism” in the catalog for books to explore the concept of racism with children I see for therapy. Considering our current (and historical) misrepresentation of racism and use of “the good monster” or “the exception among the dangerous” to absolve single people while continuing to believe black people, as a whole, are dangerous/angry/other I find this book to be a dangerous tool in the hands of any well meaning but overall uninformed person. You can find better books about this like “Something Happened in my Town”

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kirstiesheehy
Jul 31, 2017

My 4 year old son loved this book! Well illustrated and great story.

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