Hattie & Hudson

Hattie & Hudson

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A little girl and her colossal friend teach a monster-size lesson about prejudging others in a charming offering from Chris Van Dusen.

Hattie McFadden is a born explorer. Every morning she grabs her life jacket and paddles out in her canoe to discover something new on the lake, singing a little song on her way. When her singing draws up from the depths a huge mysterious beast, everyone in town is terrified -- except Hattie, who looks into the creature's friendly, curious eyes and knows that this is no monster. So Hattie sneaks out at night to see the giant -- whom she names Hudson -- and the two become friends. But how can she make the frightened, hostile townspeople see that Hudson isn't scary or dangerous at all? Chris Van Dusen brings his colorful, perspective-bending artwork to this satisfying new story about acceptance, friendship, and sticking up for those who are different.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780763665456
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations ;,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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