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'Eve's Ducklings', written by Maria Monte and illustrated by Emelie Wiklund, is a lovely picture book aimed at three to five year olds. It starts with an experience that almost every young child will relate to, that of going to the park with a much loved older family member, and takes us through all the emotions Eve feels there and how she learns and grows because of them.
When Grandpa takes Eve to the lake for the first time, they are delighted to see that the duck family has two ducklings. Eve runs to try to catch and hold them, hug and pat them but grandpa warns her that their mother will not be happy about that. On every visit she still tries to show them her love in the only way she knows but the ducklings just retreat to the middle of the pond until one day Eve falls in the water in her efforts to reach them. This makes her really start to think about her approach and, taking a step back, she scatters sunflower seeds for them instead. Before long, the ducklings come for the seeds and Eve is at last able to see them close to.
This book is an excellent encouragement for children to start thinking about their relationship with wild creatures, how to show them respect, give them their own space and love and care for them in a suitable and responsible way. A charming and inspiring story.
Drena Irish, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
Join Eve and her Grandpa on their daily walks to the lake, where Eve tries to make friends with two ducklings again and again.
Will Eve's antics win over the shy ducklings and their protective mother duck?
This sweet story beautifully illustrated with watercolours will inspire young readers who are aged three to five years to be kind to animals.
In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
|Publication date:||1st July 2021|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers, Indie Author Books|
|Recommendations:||Indie Books We Love|
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