M is for Mandarin Duck

“M” is a pretty rich letter animal-wise. I went with the mandarin duck mainly because of my love of the children’s book The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks. It’s for sure a lot of fun to re-read books from my own childhood (George and Martha, Tomi Ungerer’s stuff, Sendak, etc.) with my daughter, but I also really enjoy discovering great modern kid’s books and the Mandarin Ducks is one of them. In typical online review fashion, there are a million reviews of this book out there–none of which include a single image other than the cover. The artwork though is quite beautiful and the story is touching yet not cloying or patronizing in the way modern kid’s books often can be. Anyway…

You can follow the other “M” entries as people post them to Twitter this morning by following the #AnimalAlphabet hashtag. To see all the entries so far, check out the Animal Alphabet Tumblr: http://animalalphabet.tumblr.com.

M is for Mandarin Duck

The original art for this is for sale here.


  1. Isaac says:

    Nice! That’s a cute drawing, and the color is great.

    Plus, I’m glad to get the tip on that children’s book. Thanks.

  2. Ben says:

    @Isaac – Thanks! I think this Animal Alphabet is helping me a lot with watercolors. I’m kind of a ”
    softie” when it comes to children’s books, but I sure get a little choked up at the end of Mandarin Ducks. The “look inside” at amazon doesn’t really to the art justice; it’s gorgeous.

  3. Isaac says:

    I am a big softie, too — I can’t read the last chapter of the second Pooh book out loud, and I get really choked up at the end of James and the Giant Peach, too.

    If Animal Alphabet is helping you with your watercolors, I think it’s helping me a lot with my cartooning in general. Not that this week’s rush job reveals that … I wish I’d had more time to spend on my pencils.

    Did you vote in my poll for the letter N?

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