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The Lumpy Duckling: Another Weaver Tale Paperback – October 12, 2014
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It turns out her wish didn't quite go the way she expected. While they were out, Lumpy almost die, when he fell head first into the frigid water. He was taken to Paris as the hospital there has better equipment to handle his type of injury. Wheezy felt guilty and wonder if he would return. Would she be able to amend their friendships?
This book is very educational, we have to be grateful for what we have and who we are. We are not God, so we should be careful not to judge the physical appearance of others. And be careful what you wish for.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
Eloise Talemaker is a skinny seventh grade girl with frizzy hair. She’s nicknamed Wheezy, because of her sneezing in threes. Her best friend is Lumpy, an overweight boy of thirteen, his mouth lumpy with canker sores. They make an odd couple, but they appreciate each other and enjoy hanging out together. They’re often teased by popular kids, but true friends that they are, they rise above it.
One day Wheezy meets the gnome-elf, Unwanted, and makes a wish that others would see her friend Lumpy for the great person he is. This sets in motion a nerve-shattering and fearful scene that changes both their lives. Wheezy almost loses Lumpy twice—first from the accident, and then from how he changes as he heals.
This is a wonderful story of loyalty and friendship. It also shows how one’s fears and insecurities sometimes sabotage the good things we have in our lives. Like Wheezy, we have to learn to trust, to accept change, to be patient and understanding, and to try not to jump to conclusions. The end is most satisfying, but it’s an exciting, nerve-wracking ride to get there. "The Lumpy Duckling" is highly recommended for middle grade readers.
There is a friendship between two young kids, Eloise Talemaker, who is affectionately called Sneezy Wheezy, or Wheezy for short, by her best friend, Lawrence Nightingale, who also has a nickname, Lumpy, as he’s a bit stocky. They met while playing in the sandbox years ago. Lumpy is a year older and in the 8th grade, while Wheezy is in 7th, but that doesn’t bother their friendship one bit. They’re almost inseparable, enjoying each other’s company and personalities. The one thing that really bothers Wheezy is how others make fun of Lumpy’s shape. One day while she was alone in a field enjoying the outdoors she met a magical little man named Unwanted, who convinced her he could grant her one wish. She makes a wish and suddenly things dramatically change. Wheezy is left thinking whether Unwanted works his magic for good or evil. The only way you’ll find out is by reading this amazing tale.
The reader will fall in love with this story, cheering on Lumpy and feeling the heartbreak of Wheezy. The way the story is constructed there is no way to figure the outcome, it’s purely learned by reading all the way to the very end. As the intended readers would be 7th and 8th graders, this book holds a perfect little romance between two that’s akin to modern-day young romance, but comparable to the same fashion and power of a classic romantic fairytale. It is the type of tale the reader is not likely to soon forget.
But Lumpy is Wheezy's best friend and she hates the way the other kids treat him.
Then Wheezy is given a chance to make a magic wish. She wishes the others would see Lumpy the way she sees him.
But, like most magic wishes, this one doesn't turn out the way she expected.
I don't want to give away the plot, but I will say the story involves a horrible accident and Wheezy missing Lumpy - a lot.
Kids will certainly enjoy reading The Lumpy Duckling. The characters seem alive, the magic is believable, and the book does have a happy ending.
They'll also learn that physical appearance is not what's important about people.
This book by Kai Strand is one in The Weaver Tales series and the author is certainly an excellent story weaver.
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My first book by this author I really liked it and children 10 years old or there about will love it.Read more