Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Quackling by Aaron Shepard

 

Quackling is a retelling of the story, "Drakestail" from Andrew Lang's The Red Fairy Book. Quackling, being a hard-working duck has loaned money to the king and after allowing a sufficient time for repayment, seeks to collect the debt. 

The book involves the items he collects on his way to visit the king. Items that will come in very handy when the royal reception is rather frosty. Children will love the repeated refrain of "Quack, Quack, Quack! I Want my Money Back!  Children will be delighted to take part in the storytelling and thrilled with the satisfying conclusion.

Illustrator, Wendy Edelson has created masterful renderings of the action within the story. The highly detailed art bursts with color and action and will draw youngsters into its pages. A coloring book version is also available with the story text opposite illustrations in gray scale for readers to color.  The repeated refrains stand out on the page in red text.  I highly recommend either version of this classic tale. 

To check out more from author, Aaron Shepard, visit his website featuring information on storytelling, reader's theatre resources, and tips for writing children's books.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Quackling from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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