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Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the Duck & Goose and Rocket children’s book series. He spent his childhood in Massachusetts surrounded by nature and frequently was visited by animal guests brought home by his mother. His creative endeavors were supported by his artist grandmother and family, and he still finds it exciting to build something from nothing without any directions. According to Hills, the process of creating a book is like making a sculpture and involves continual adding and removing. His creations include “Duck & Goose,” “Rocket Writes a Story” and the newest Rocket story, “R is for Rocket” (Schwartz & Wade).