Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling by Erin - ESSENTIAL

Ering, Timothy Basil The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling. PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick Press, 2017. $15.99. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

The story begins with Captain Alfred as he plays his fiddle for his new ducks and dog on his small boat.  Nestled in his fiddle case is a single duck egg, a present for his wife.  He chose to name the near-to-hatching duckling, Alfred Fiddleducklin'.  A storm arrives and an hour later, the seas are finally calm and the egg hatches alone, floating in the fiddle case.  The duckling feels frightened until he sees an object and swims over to it.  The duckling hugs the fiddle to him and is filled with joy.  Alfred is magically able to play the fiddle and its beautiful sound comforts him until he reaches land.  As he tries to find his way to a home he's never seen, the reader travels with him, hoping for a happy ending. 

This children's book was intended for children, age 2 to 5, but I found that it was a delightful read for any age.  I read the book with my 16 & 12-year old daughters and 8-year old son; all were equally taken with the sweet character and beautiful artwork.  The story has just the right amount of narrative and tension, then let's the illustrations say the rest.

PRE-K, EL(K-3), EL-ESSENTIAL; MS, HS-OPTIONAL  Stacee S. Reading teacher

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