Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Susan Lurie
Illustrator: Murray Head
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
A little duckling is perfectly content to sit with Mama and Papa and watch the other ducklings glide on the water. He doesn’t want to swim; he does NOT like to get wet. But as he keeps looking at the water, he starts to think that maybe he does want to swim after all. His fears keep him from jumping in, but with gentle prodding from Mama, Papa, and the other ducklings, he finally takes the leap. It turns out that it’s not nearly as bad as he thought!
The highlight of this book is the full-page, real-life photographs of a charming duck family. In fact, it seems the text was built around the photographs instead of the other way around, which allows the story to perfectly coincide with the pictures. Both kids and adults will greatly enjoy looking at the radiant photographs. Some text seems just a little forced in order to make it work with the pictures, but most of it contributes well to the overall storyline. Kids can also learn a valuable lesson from the story about overcoming fears, and this is especially relevant for a child struggling with a fear of swimming. It’s a creative idea for a book that has been well-executed, and nature-lovers especially will adore the illustrations.