Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Quackers by LIz Wong- ADVISABLE

Wong, Liz Quackers. Random House Children's Books, 2016. 15.99. PICTURE BOOK. Meow...Quackers is a duck.  He lives in a pond. He eats duck food. His best friends are all ducks. But in truth, Quackers often has trouble communicating with the other ducks.  He doesn't care much for the dinner options (slugs, snails, worms, etc). AND he hates getting wet in the duck pond.  One day Quackers meets Mittens the cat who seems to be more like Quackers than any of the other ducks.   Quackers is overjoyed with his new friend because he feels like he is finally understood.  Mittens is confused at first, but then realizes that for Quackes' entire life he thought he was a duck when he is really a cat! Mittens shows him how cats chase mice, drink milk, and clean themselves.  Quackers love the barn life, but misses his friends at the pond.  He soon realizes that he can have duck friends and cat friends and spends part of his day at the farm and part of his day at the pond.  There i s a great message here: Friends do not have to be exactly alike to be accepted.  The illustrations are simple and sweet and tell much of the story,  This is a sweet book that little ones will enjoy. Pre-K.  EL (K-3).  ADVISABLE. Reviewer: SL.

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