A Unique Short Story Set-Up:
One of many great animal picturebooks about friendship, Maclear’s Yak and Dove does not disappoint. Told in three different short stories, children fight and love along with Yak and Dove. Similarly to Shireen’s, Yeti and the Bird, Yak and Dove are unlikely friends. They must learn to embrace their seemingly large differences in the most endearing way.
Laugh out loud worthy, Yak and Dove begin their story by contemplating what it would be like if they were twins. Concluding in an obvious fight of opposites, their feud carries over to a second story. Above all, Yak wants a new friend who above all values fine music and furriness. Does he have that respectful relationship with Dove? Realistically, Yak must learn to appreciate the friend he already has.
True to Maclear’s Beautiful Style:
By the end, the plot takes a calmer change of pace. Yak and Dove ends with a contemplative, quiet garden chapter. Maclear asks his characters and readers to take a time out from society. As a modern and relevant theme of turning off technology and all of life’s static, Maclear once again adds an abstractly beautiful concept to his book.
Readers can count on Maclear to intuitively sprinkle subtle commentary in his stories. In another pre-k to 3rd grade read, he maintains authenticity and heart-felt interconnectivity. Noteworthy, Maclear’s uses a simplistic and moralistic style of storytelling. He pairs easy-to-read words with sweet water colored and colored penciled illustrations.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra Books. They have provided me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Esme Shapiro (Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra Books, 2017)
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