Thursday, December 22, 2011

Santa's Christmas Duck - book review

Yesterday I shared our Christmas Scavenger Hunt, and how the boys went on a fun hunt to find a surprise at the end!  Both boys received a new Christmas book to add to our Christmas book collection.

Elliott's new book was Santa's Christmas Duck by Sarah Carlson-Ditmyer.

The book is about a little duck that got lost during migration and somehow ended up in the North Pole.  Santa and Mrs. Claus named the duck Woodrow after finding him in a woodpile, and the story tells the adventures of Woodrow as Santa prepares to send him to a new home with two children requesting a duck for the pond behind their new house.

Kids will enjoy Santa's funny sayings, such as "Oh reindeer hooves!" and the mischief Woodrow creates and troubles he encounters on his way to finding where he really belongs.  Parents will appreciate the message that just one person can make a difference, as well as the gentle reminder of protecting wildlife and their natural habitats. 

The description of the book states it is 80 pages, which is not quite accurate as that count includes the title pages and a few blank pages at the end.  The story and the whimsical illustrations account for 71 of those pages, and the illustrations are on almost every other page spread, so it is long, but not too long for a strong reader to enjoy.  The book is also divided into three chapters, which makes it easy to separate into three shorter readings for younger children.

Although this is not the typical book I would pick out for my children, it is cute and one I don't mind keeping around.

I received a complimentary copy of Santa's Christmas Duck by Sarah Carlson-Ditmyer as a member of the Dorrance Book Review team, in exchange for my honest review. Visit the Dorrance Bookstore to learn how to become a member of the Book Review Team.

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