The Duck Who Didn't Like Water

The Duck Who Didn't Like Water
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March 30, 2021
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See a duck take to the water of friendship in this gorgeously warm, funny book about the joy of making an unexpected connection.

Duck is not like other ducks. Duck doesn’t like water and is perfectly fine alone, thank you very much. But then, one dark and stormy night, an outgoing, water-loving, and very lost Frog turns up at Duck’s door. Can this odd couple find Frog’s home? And will they find friendship along the way?

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lovely picture book about friendship and kindness
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THE DUCK WHO DIDN'T LIKE WATER is a delightful picture book about friendship and kindness. Duck is not a fan of water at all. One day, when there is a big storm, he gets a hole in his roof and finds Frog, who has gotten lost. They spend the night together and search for Frog's home the next day. When they are unable to find it, they create their own new traditions and enjoy each other's company. Soon, Pelican arrives with the mail and helps Frog find his way home. However, now that Frog is gone, Duck misses him and sets out to find him, despite all the water.

What I loved: This is a lovely story about friendship and helping others. Although the story is simple, the writing flows really beautifully and is pleasant to read and listen to. The themes are really sweet and feature a great friendship with accommodation for different likes (Frog likes water while Duck does not - so they fix the hole in the roof in a clever new way). They also share a love of books, which is always fun for readers to see. Duck also goes out of his way to help Frog find his home, with subtle messages about kindness and helping others.

The colorful and detailed illustrations are delightful to look at, and a full page illustration of Duck traveling through a storm stands for itself without words. These are really powerful illustrations that tell the story. The font is also large and easy to read, making this a great choice for reading aloud at home or for groups.

Final verdict: A charming story of friendship and helping others, THE DUCK WHO DIDN'T LIKE WATER is a beautifully illustrated book with great messages. Highly recommend for toddlers through elementary school aged readers.
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