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Literature / Hattie & Hudson

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A friendship so giant, it's bound to make waves.

When the sun is up and the day is new
And the birds are a-singin' in the sky,
That's when you'll find me in my little canoe,
Paddle, just a-paddlin' by.

So come with me 'cause there's room for two.
We'll be together, you and I,
Out on the lake in my little canoe,
Paddle, just a-paddlin' by.

When the sun goes down and the day is through
And the moon is a-risin' in the sky,
I'll take you home in my little canoe,
Paddle, just a-paddlin' by.

Hattie & Hudson is a piece of Children's Literature both written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. It's about the friendship between Hattie and Hudson. It was first published in 2017.

This book provides examples of:

  • Cheerful Child: Hattie to the point that she sings while she's canoe.
  • Free-Range Children: Hattie appears to be this, being allowed to freely go out in her canoe alone in a large lake. She was even able to do this while several of the townspeople were preparing to hunt down Hudson, who they thought was a dangerous beast.
  • Friend to All Children: Towards the end of the book Hudson is seen both playing with children and even allowing several of them to play on him.
  • Gentle Giant: Hudson is massive, in fact his entire head is at least 10 times the size of Hattie.
  • Glowing Eyes: Hudson's eyes glow at night.
  • It Can Think: Hudson the monster who's apparently smart enough to think of a plan to save himself from the fearful townspeople.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast: Downplayed, Hudson is far from savage, Hattie's sing merely draws him out from the bottom of the lake.
  • Stock Ness Monster: Hudson, he's even named after a large bodyof water, though In-Universe he's named after Hattie's uncle's dog.