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Lemon the Duck Paperback – September 1, 2009
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.,." a tale of hope and love ... This book deserves a place of honor on every children's bookshelf."
.,." a joyful and thought-provoking book for all ages about how animals can cope with serious handicaps ... It's inspiring on the human side, too ... Backman and her students show how far love can go." -- Bob Tarte
"It teaches not only about egg to duckling development but also about animals (and people) who are different and have special needs ... a truly heart-warming story with lovely illustrations that I highly recommend."
"Backman has done an incredible job ... She has crafted a book where much can be learned about not only the basic development of 'oviparous animals, ' but more importantly the value of an individual with special needs ... Lemon the Duck supports primary curriculum and teachers might use this book with children to show a 'safe way' to talk about disabilities ... delightfully well-written, with excellent illustrations, and a variety of purposes in a classroom."
About the Author
Author, school teacher, and reading specialist, Laura Backman, shares how a very special duck named Lemon came into her life in her children’s book, Lemon the Duck. She dedicated Lemon’s story to her father who passed away from Multiple Sclerosis. Profits from the book are donated to the MS Society and the Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary, a non-profit organization committed to finding homes for abandoned waterfowl. To learn more about Lemon, visit her website at http://lemontheduck.com
Top customer reviews
Not that this is solely a children's book. It is not. Since it is a true story, albeit illustrated, it is for all ages, for anyone who loves wildlife and has a heart that is still open to natural life.
As other reviewers have noted, a very special duck is born with a disability. She cannot walk. Now a remedy does not come out of the blue like a lightbulb in comic book fare. It is reached slowly, step by step, until at last a solution is palpable and effective. And I as a reader just felt like standing up and shouting "Hurrah!"
This book got a few tears out of me too. In short, it's a real treat! Thanks to the author and illustrator for creating it.
Note: What are "oviparous" animals? I confess I had to look it up in the dictionary!