MAMA’S LITTLE DUCKLING by Marjorie Blain Parker

MAMA’S LITTLE DUCKLING

Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

This tender tale deals with a milestone every family faces: finding a balance between a child’s budding independence and a parent’s need for security. When Dandelion decides that he wants to explore alone, Mama Quack is flustered and afraid. Ever watchful, and with warnings of where to look for danger, she lets him go. But Dandelion gets so caught up in playing with his friends that he forgets to be on the lookout. Mama warns him of the threat just in time. Dandelion keeps close to her for the rest of the day, regaining his confidence for another try the following morning with similar results. Finally on the third day, it’s Dandelion who senses the danger and warns his Mama. Preschoolers and their own reluctant parents will be satisfied that Dandelion learned his lesson and truly earned his independence. Wohnoutka’s brightly colored acrylics feature large, up-close views of the characters, making this perfect for sharing with groups. Both Dandelion’s exuberance and Mom’s reluctance are clearly painted on their faces, and the two plainly exude love for one another. A delightful addition to any preschool or toddler collection. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-525-47950-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2008




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