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Ever wonder how librarians hone their recommendation skills? Sometimes, our librarians play a game we call the 6 Degrees of reading. The rules are simple: choose six books, each connected somehow to the book above it, with the last book in the list connecting to the first. Periodically, we like the results enough to share them with you.

This week we're turning to picture books to make our way from a duck with an identity crises, through misbehaving objects and pets, and back again! 

Identity Crisis and Correspondence 01

DUDDLE PUCK: THE PUDDLE DUCK
by Karma Wilson
(2015)

Duddle Puck, the puddle duck, is one farm animal who seems to be experiencing an identity crisis . Although he doesn’t seem to mind the fact that he never quacks, the rest of the farm is bothered by his clucks, oinks, honks, and neighs. Will Duddle Puck ever quack?

RED: A CRAYON’S STORY
by Michael Hall
(2015)

It says “Red” on his label, but every time Red tries to color, it comes out blue. He tries his best but he just can’t do it and everyone notices. Red is having an identity crisis and wants to act like the other crayons . However, perhaps he needs to learn how to just be himself.

THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT
by Drew Daywalt
(2013)

Duncan’s crayons are writing him to let him know that they cannot keep working under the current conditions and are, therefore, quitting. Through their letters , they explain their hilarious demands to him and Duncan learns more about his trusty friends. 

DEAR MRS. LARUE: LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL
by Mark Teague
(2002)

Ike has been sent to obedience school and he is not happy about it. Through a series of letters to his owner, he makes his feelings about the situation clear. He eventually runs away from school and lives on the lamb but in the end makes his way home under exciting circumstances.

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME
Jennifer LaRue Huget
(2013)

A young boy explains everything you need to know if you want to run away. The boy himself runs away but his memories of home aided by his imagination are making him have second thoughts.

Bonus connection: Two LaRues! 

NOT A STICK
by Antoinette Portis
(2007)

A stick is not a stick. When you use your imagination, a stick can be anything. In fact, this little pig is not just a simple farm animal —it can be an artist or a weightlifter or whatever the pig chooses to be. 

 

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