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Ruby & Rufus
2019
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In this preschool tale from the world of Gossie & Friends, water-loving goslings Ruby and Rufus play on the pond come rain, sleet, snow, or shine!
Ruby and Rufus play at the pond every day. They swim in the rain. They swim when it's windy. Nothing can stop this inseparable pair from doing what they love -- until one day, the pond turns to ICE! Could it be that a frozen pond is twice as nice?

Ruby & Rufus features the perfectly-pitched storytelling and adorable illustrations so beloved by fans of Olivier Dunrea's Gossie&Friends series.
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School Library Journal Review
Toddler-PreS-Dunrea is back with another splendid addition to series. Here, readers meet Ruby and Rufus, two goslings who love to play in the water. With their bright red swim caps, the pair happily swim and dive in the pond come rain or shine. One day, they are surprised to find the pond is frozen. "Ruby taps the ice with her bill. Rufus taps the ice with his foot." Ruby exuberantly exclaims that it is ice, and the goslings proceed to slide, streak, and glide. The illustrations focus on the protagonists and set them against a background of plentiful white space. A horizontal line marking the water line cleanly divides the illustrations from the spare text running along the bottom of the page, and the small trim size makes the book perfect for little hands to hold while an adult reads aloud. VERDICT A swimmingly good -title to share in all kinds of weather.--Ramarie -Beaver, Plano Public Library System, TX © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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*Starred Review* Ruby and Rufus, two little goslings in red-and-white swimming caps, love the water. They dive into the pond (swan dives for Ruby, back dives for Rufus) and float in their red-and-white inner tube. They swim in rainy and windy weather. Ruby stands upside down in the water, while Rufus chases little fish. Every day, they swim in the pond, until one day, they discover that it's frozen. Ruby taps it with her bill. Rufus taps it with his foot. Ice!' honks Ruby. Ice?' honks Rufus. Undeterred, Ruby and Rufus slide across the ice. They streak across it together on their inner tube. They love the ice! In fact, they love the pond all year. Rounding out Dunrea's Gossie & Friends series at 12 picture books, his latest has all the simplicity, playfulness, and verve that have made Gossie (2002), Gossie & Gertie (2002), and their companion books so appealing to young children. The text, pared down to a short sentence on each page or spread, tells the story simply and lets the ink-and-gouache artwork do the rest. With white pages as backdrops, clean black lines and bright solid colors define these endearing, childlike characters and their actions. Fun for reading aloud all year round. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2018 Booklist
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