Duck, Death and the Tulip
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Author: Wolf Erlbruch
Duck has felt a presence following her, always close at hand, and one day she turns round and finds Death. Death explains that he has been close to her all her life, just in case of any little accidents - colds, foxes. Duck is very worried, but a friendship gradually grows between the two of them until duck feels the cold and dies and death sends her down the great river.
Worth Noting: There are some very tender moments in this book, when duck protects death from a chill and death strokes duck's feathers before placing her in the great river.