Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: Will Hillenbrand
Publisher: Candlewick Press
An adorable little duck fell into the pond when he was just a little egg and is now terrified of the water. He tries to practice in puddles and even is offered help from an owl, but fear stops him from getting in the water with his mother and siblings. After deciding this is a fear he must conquer himself, he jumps in the water and realizes he has been able to swim all along.
Eve Bunting does a wonderful job capturing the fear and anxiety that stems from a traumatic experience, regardless of how irrational the fear is. The rhyming in this book is masterfully done and creates a smooth, whimsical read. The artwork tears at your heart strings until you find yourself rooting for this little duck to realize he really can swim! This book is perfect for children who are struggling with irrational and real fears and belongs in any household or classroom.