The Little Blue Duck.
Illustrator: Stevie Mahardhika
Published by: Scholastic
Ages: 3 – 6 years.
Theme: patience, persistence, team work – lack of, self-absorbed.
Opening lines: A little Blue Duck, with a passion to cook, was busily searching her recipe book. “I’ll make a pavlova, that beaut kiwi treat, lighter than air and perfectly sweet. Aha, here it is!” she quacked to herself, and went to get eggs from the bowl on the shelf.
Synopsis: Little Blue Duck decides to make a pavlova and asks for assistance from his friends, but Tui, Kea and Weta are no help at all . They have far more important things to do, so Blue Duck ends up making the whole pavlova. But when it comes time to eat it, suddenly they are available….. mmm
Why I like This: A retelling of The little Red Hen, this has a true kiwi flavour. With such New Zealand icons peeking out in the illustrations such as the Chelsea Sugar, among others. Stevie delights us with cheeky bright illustrations married with Chris’s lovely rhyming text makes this a fun read. The repetitive refrain will have kids wanting to be read to again and again. If you want to know if Tui, Kea and Weta get to eat the Pavlova? Well you will have to find a copy to find out….
Resources/Findings: Chris has an activity of making a duck mask for kids on her website…. http://www.chris-gurney.com/little-blue-duck-mask.html
Little Blue Ducks under threat in NZ….. http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/7022005/Fight-for-survival-of-little-blue-duck
Information about the Little Blue Ducks, and how you can help…: http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/7022005/Fight-for-survival-of-little-blue-duck
The Little Blue Duck Song…. http://www.whioforever.co.nz/?attachment_id=541
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