Helping children embrace all they are and all they should be is one of a parent's most rewarding and challenging jobs. "Don't Get Stuck On Being A Duck" by Zev Lewinson is a sweet story about just that.
Little Baby Eagle doesn't want to fly. He is afraid of falling, he would much rather be a duck. But no matter how he quacks or waddles, his mother knows he is really an eagle - and will not rest until he soars.
Book for Children Ages: 3 years old to 7 years old
- Where there ever things that you have been scared of? How did you stop being scared so you could do it anyway?
- What things are special about you and who you are?
- Unlike animals, people in a family are not always good at the same things. How are you different from the other people in your family? What things do you share?
- Visit a pond where ducks like to hang out and feed them some bread or cracker crumbs. See how many things you can observe about how they move, how they sound, or what they do. What would be some good things about being a duck?
- Use a paper bag and cut out two large wings. Tape strips of paper in two places to serve as straps so your child can wear the wings on their arms. Color on feathers, cut out individual feathers from paper and glue on, or glue on feathers that you purchase in the craft section depending on your childs level of interest/skill and your budget. Then go outside and "fly" around.
- Get a recording of different bird songs (you may be able to find something like this at your local library), and listen to how different they sound. Can you copy any of the sounds? Do any of these birds live in your area? Try to see if you can hear them outside.
Cultural Diversity: My only concern with this book is that while it has a strong message of being true to who you are, it does not really acknowledge that it is good to be a duck too if that is what you are.
Children's Book Review Rating: 4.5 Stars*