Both of my boys have always loved being read to and my oldest now able to read himself can often be found with his nose in a book. I was the same way myself as a kid (and obviously so now with all the reviews I do!). Admittedly, I love the chance I get when things are calm to sit down with them in my lap or near me and read a story to them. Iím not great with character voices, but I give it my all and I always end up having just as much fun as the boys do when listening.
Victoria Valentine has presented a wonderful childrenís book called The Cutest Little Duckie that is already a hit in our house. When I first learned of the book I was excited to read it Ė who wouldnít love a cool new book to share with the kids? When I received it I was a bit surprised at its length but still thrilled for the chance to read it. I wasnít disappointed. No Ė this book isnít a quick read, but itís a great story to sit down and enjoy at bedtime with the boys.
The Cutest Little Duckie introduces you to well, the cutest little Duckie! We meet Duckie on his pond where he longs to fly and see more of the world. In comes Monkey who is just looking for a best friend, and then later down the road Duckie and Monkey meet Bear who is lost and looking for his Mama. This book is a great little story about friendship, about dreams coming true and even about fears. I was impressed with how well Victoria Valentine pulled together so many aspects of what a child (and adult) experiences into one book. She subtly introduces the concept of making friends that are different than us, of keeping promises and also of standing up for each other and teamwork. The story itself is cute, touching and a pretty easy read for a bedtime story or just a story to snuggle and read with my little guys. Although itís rated for ages 2-10, I imagine younger kids would have a difficult time sitting still for the book due to its length. Age 3-4 they would be able to grasp the concepts and ďget intoĒ it enough to sit quietly and listen for the duration.
Valentine is an excellent author who writes fluidly with great descriptions that make you feel as if you are in the very scene you are reading about. Her characters are cute, lovable and easy to become attached to. Having read another of her books in the adult genre, I knew I would love the way she writes, I certainly wasnít disappointed and was definitely impressed with her ability to be so versatile.
This book gets 5 stars and is one I have already recommended to my local library childrenís department. I think itís a great little book to be given as a gift to a 3-5 year old. Itís also an excellent book to use in daycare/preschool/kindergarten setting as an object lesson on friendship and acceptance.
**Thanks to Victoria Valentine and Valentine Press for the opportunity to read and review this book on You Brew My Tea. I was not monetarily compensated in exchange for this review. I received the book listed above in exchange for my honest review on this blog.**