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Publisher Comments:

In this delightful picture book, a small duck finds himself in a place full of unusual creatures who speak an unfamiliar language. Eventually, he meets an animal whose big feet are just like his own. And with a friend by his side, he soon can feel at home. First published in Norway in 2012, this deceptively simple book about adapting to new situations will appeal to children who are just starting school or daycare, children who are about to move to a new home, or children who are learning a new language. The illustrations are gently humorous, while the simple text affirms the importance of knowing who you are and being open to change. Without making unrealistic promises, this story reassures children that, with time, they can adapt to any new environment and make new friends to explore it with. And if, as happens to the little duck in this story, those new friends have to leave, the child, like the little duck, will be able to greet the next wave of newcomers with compassion and generosity.

Review:

"In a story first published in Norway, Salinas describes acclimating to life in a new country — or perhaps just to growth and change in general — in dreamy, metaphorical terms. The story's events happen to the 'you' of a second-person narrative: 'And you land someplace. You think it's strange there.' Engman does a yeoman's job of creating a visual world from an abstract text. Her digitally colored drawings of naïf-style animals supply much of the story's warmth. She draws a duck in a knit cap who's blown by a gale to a place whose plants and trees look like alien life forms and whose animals don't understand anything the duck says. Discouragement is followed by tears until a friendly duck appears, 'someone who looks a little like you.' The two ducks understand each other, and eventually the speech of the other animals becomes familiar, too. Salinas's musings on the subject of change will resonate especially with those who've had to move to a new home or immigrate to another country. Others may be baffled by the story's enigmatic language. Ages 4 — 7." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Veronica Salinas studied theater and Portuguese in Buenos Aires and is currently completing a Masterand#8217;s degree in Spanish and Portuguese literature at the University of Oslo. The Voyage is her first childrenand#8217;s book. Illustrator Camilla Engman lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781554983865
Author:
Salinas, Veronica
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Author:
Engman, Camilla
Subject:
Situations / New Experience
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Waterfowl
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations throughout
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
8.13 x 8.5 in
Age Level:
from 4 up to 7

Related Subjects

Children's » Animals » Ducks, Geese, etc.
Children's » Picture Books » A to Z
Children's » Picture Books » General
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Friendship
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » New Experience

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Product details 40 pages Groundwood Books - English 9781554983865 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a story first published in Norway, Salinas describes acclimating to life in a new country — or perhaps just to growth and change in general — in dreamy, metaphorical terms. The story's events happen to the 'you' of a second-person narrative: 'And you land someplace. You think it's strange there.' Engman does a yeoman's job of creating a visual world from an abstract text. Her digitally colored drawings of naïf-style animals supply much of the story's warmth. She draws a duck in a knit cap who's blown by a gale to a place whose plants and trees look like alien life forms and whose animals don't understand anything the duck says. Discouragement is followed by tears until a friendly duck appears, 'someone who looks a little like you.' The two ducks understand each other, and eventually the speech of the other animals becomes familiar, too. Salinas's musings on the subject of change will resonate especially with those who've had to move to a new home or immigrate to another country. Others may be baffled by the story's enigmatic language. Ages 4 — 7." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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