WILD, Margaret (text) Julie Vivas (illus.) Davy & the Duckling Penguin, 2013 unpaged $24.99 ISBN 9780670075614 SCIS 1614365
Wild and Vivas have created an exquisite new story. The book has feathery end papers and begins the narrative on the title page, showing Davy discovering a nest of duck eggs. There is an instantaneous connection made between Davy and the duckling, upon looking into each other’s eyes. Duckling follows Davy everywhere.
The text and illustrations create a gentle and moving story of love, loss, aging and caring for loved ones. It is also a life cycle story which follows the milestones in Davy’s life; friendship, loss, graduation, marriage, and the birth of a first child. Wild weaves her magical words while Vivas delivers soft watercolour illustrations that convey emotions through body language and facial expressions. Ages 4-8 Highly Recommended LBa