Teaching children about differences and accepting them in yourself and others is a huge part of growing up these days. Kids realize they are not the same as all of their other friends and classmates and often times they get upset and worried about this. When I was asked by Sterling Children’s Books to review a new book that would assist with this topic, I immediately agreed.
Clumsy Duck – Written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup – Boxer Books – September 2013
ISBN 9781907967535 – Hardcover 32 pages – Ages 3-6 – $16.95
As we begin the story, we meet Clumsy Duck and see that she fell again. This poor little duck falls, trips, and stumbles each and every day and was getting frustrated with this situation. As she worried about being clumsy, her good friend Chick shows up and tells her not to worry. The two of them take us along on their journey. With the encouragement of Chick and the ability to just keep trying, Clumsy Duck is determined to find something that she could do with her enormous feet.
This story is absolutely beautiful and will show children not only how they need to find what they do well, but try not to worry about being different. Clumsy Duck also shares how a good friend and support system can help us when we are feeling sad. Chick helps Clumsy Duck to figure out why his feet are important and to find her special talent. This book really is about self confidence, finding your personal talents, and the importance of being a great friend.
When I read this with my first grade son, he picked up on the major themes of the book. We talked about the ways that each person has their own special talent and not everyone can be great at the same activities. I believe this book would not only be a good addition to read at home, but a nice way to get talking about these important topics in a classroom. Children will be able to follow along with the characters and additional talking points and crafts about what makes you special can follow.
What books have you read with your children to help them with these crucial topics? I would love for you to share them below. As always, Tuesday Tales is all about sharing our love of books. Please let me know what you have read recently. Be sure to link up to your book posts in the comments below. Include something you read on your own, with a child, or someone else.
Disclosure: As noted above, I received this book from Sterling Publishing to review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.