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Yak and Dove: 08/18/20

Yak and Dove

Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear and Esme Shapiro is a picture book in the style of the Frog and Toad books. Yak and Dove are friends and through three stories, their friendship is explored.

The book opens with Dove asking Yak to imagine what life would be like if they were twins. Through their discussion they realize just how different they are. This causes some strife and it looks like they will stop being friends.

The second story is Yak's search for a new friend. He holds an audition. With the help of Marmot, they narrow down the list to three friends. But how well can a talent show predict a lasting friendship?

The final story is about Yak needing a quiet place away from the noise of the world. Dove helps in their own way so that Yak can have the place they want to don't know how to make themselves.

Each story and the interstitial pieces are beautifully illustrated by Esme Shapiro. That palette is earth tones, reminiscent of Frog and Toad, but with a wider range of colors, and a softer selection — almost but not quite pastel.

There aren't any more Yak and Dove books. If there were, I could gladly read them.

Five stars

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