My Picture Book review today is in respect of Mothers’ Day this Sunday. What are you doing for Mothers’ Day?
Illustrated by: Claire Keane
Published by: Chronicle Books LLC 2017
Ages: 3 – 6 years
Theme: Giving and receiving, an ode to motherhood.
Opening Lines: Love is holding something fragile, tiny wings and downy head. Love is noisy midnight feedings, shoe box right beside the bed.
Synopsis: A girl and duckling share a tender, funny year as they grow together, care for each other, and learn that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.
Why I like this: I have reviewed some special books recently but this one tops them all. With beautiful, tender illustrations with such expressions and heartfelt, poetic text, it delivers a huge message of love to hold and love letting go. This sweet story is sure to be a classic. The illustrations are cute, full of expression from the big soulful eyes, to the everyday kid’s clothes and humorous antics the duckling gets up to. The sparse text trips across the pages as does the days and seasons and tells us so much yet never mentions the duckling until near the end. (Something to be said for art-notes) Love some of the lines like – “Love is in familiar voices, feeling lost, and being found. It’s in the struggles, growing muscles.” There is so much to LOVE about this book.
Resources/Findings: Here is text with pictures on how to look after ducklings…. https://www.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-Ducklings
Fun facts about ducks for kids… https://study.com/academy/lesson/duckling-facts-lesson-for-kids.html
Fun facts and activities worksheet for teachers… http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Farm/ducks.html
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holding on – letting go. and in between, lots of things to love. Sounds like a perfect book to read to a child.
Yes indeed Sue. It’s a gorgeous book. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Mothers’ Day.
The language sounds delicious!
Ohh yes! So yummy to eat. Hehe! Have a great weekend.
Oh, dear! My library doesn’t have this book in their system!!! When I was little, I had a pet duck for about year that my mom and I found injured. I know I’ll absolutely love this book. Now to figure out how to find it…
Leslie, try an “interlibrary” loan.
Oh no! I hope you are able to get it transferred in from another library. Oh my you would just love this story.
This is a delightful book. I love the illustrations and the heart. Great choice for Mother’s Day weekend.
That is what I thought. I hope you have a great weekend. Happy Mother’s Day.
Beautiful, lyrical language. The opening lines grabbed me right away. And, I adore the beautiful illustrations and sweet message. Perfect Mother’s Day share.
Yes it is Pat. It is so lovely. I hope you have a great weekend with your daughter. Happy Mother’s Day.