I’m a Duck
Eve Bunting, Author
Will Hillenbrand, Illustrator
Candlewick Press, Fiction, Mar. 13, 2018
Suitable for Ages: 3-7
Themes: Ducks, Nature, Growing Up, Fear, Courage, Friendships
Opening: “When I was just an egg, I’m told, I left my nest and rolled and rolled.”
Synopsis: One day, an egg rolled out of a nest and right into a deep pond. Now that egg is a little duck, and the water is still very scary. Jumping into the pond at all seems impossible, never mind swimming in a line with all his brothers. “You’re a duck, and ducks don’t sink,” Big Frog points out. Practicing in a puddle helps a little, while backrubs and snacks from his mother help a little more. Big Frog offers to hold his friend’s wing and dive in together, but our little duck knows that some challenges need to be faced alone. Even when they are very scary!
I cannot swim, and that is bad.
A landlocked duck is very sad.
Why I like this book:
Eve Bunting’s endearing picture book will make a big splash with young children. The catchy rhyme scheme is beautifully simple and appealing. Children will easily relate to this adorable little duck’s fear about trying to swim. Many other water friends offer to help him, but the little duck is determined to conquer is fear his own way and on his own time. This book is overflowing with heart and kids will want to cheer for the little duck. Will Hillenbrand’s warm watercolor are soft and gentle.
Resources: This is a wonderful read aloud before bed or in the classroom. It offers kids an opportunity to open up and talk about their fears. It offers teachers an opportunity to encourage children to name their fears, make a list and talk about how they try deal with a fear.