Thursday, July 14, 2016

Meet Fluff McDuff by Paula Langford #AuthorLove

Fluff McDuff is the creation of Paula Langford 
whose work I have admired for a long time. 
Fluff is quite charming--I hope you enjoy 
him as much as I do.

 Fluff McDuff is aimed at the pre-reader/early reader age group, with limited words but pictures that introduce pre-K children the ideas of environmentalism and things they can do to help threatened species to recover in nature. Fluff McDuff is a milkweed seed. He is a happy little guy who floats through the countryside making friends with birds and looking for a place to settle down and become a milkweed plant.


Bio:
I have been reading children’s books and drawing pictures longer than I have been doing just about anything else. My first story was about a chicken, and was illustrated on the living room wall behind my father's recliner. It was not well received by the critics, who had to repaint. A lot more stories and pictures were written and drawn, mostly when I was supposed to be doing things like math homework, which accounts for my lack of mastery of the multiplication tables to this day.


Fluff McDuff has more adventures and friends in the works. Finally, my childhood habit of turning leaves, sticks, bugs and flowers into "friends" and giving them names and personalities has paid off.


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16 comments:

  1. Hi, Kathleen! Hi, Paula!

    I applaud you, Paula, for creating an environmentally friendly character like Fluff McDuff. Far too many TV cartoon shows and sitcoms for children (at least the ones I have seen in recent years) center around shallow, selfish, scheming, manipulative characters that are always trying to best each other and deceive their parents. We need books like yours to offset the negative influence of such programs, books that teach young people that giving makes you happier than receiving, that we need to be kind and generous to one another and respect and protect wildlife and the environment.

    "It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
    ― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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    1. I agree. Fluff is a much needed character in children's stories.

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  2. Love this! Hmmm...to whom can I gift it???

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  3. Congrats to Paula. This looks adorable!!!

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    1. I'm partial to milkweed anyway so the fact that Fluff is a milkweed seed makes me very happy.

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  4. How cute. Too bad the first work was painted over...

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    1. Who knows what it would be worth today???

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  5. Paula, Fluff McDuff is such a great name. I hope Fluff flies into the hearts of many, many children as he has flown into mine!

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  6. Those are beautiful illustrations and I love Fluff's purple "hair".

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    1. I always thought when I got old I'd dye my hair purple but so far it isn't going gray. :(

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  7. How neat! I wish he'd settle in my garden. ~grin~ I have planted milkweed but can't seem to make them thrive.

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    1. Milkweed is so pretty. There used to be a lot of it in the swamp near where I grew up. Always loved it.

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  8. Congratulations to Paula! I love the name--so cute!!

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I love the name, too.

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