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. Volume X Number 13 . . . . February 27, 2004
Everyone in the family expected Carrie to pick up a kitten at the breeders' market, but Carrie couldn't resist getting a very young duckling instead. Despite the challenges of raising a duck, Carrie was not only charmed by her new friend, but she was deeply committed to looking after it. However, the duck that Carrie named Drusilla became a problem when the family wanted to go on vacation. When a fellow that worked for Carrie's dad enthusiastically offered to watch Drusilla, Carrie thought her problem was solved. Returning from her holiday, Carrie was dismayed to find that things were far from all right for her little feathered friend.
The story is well paced for an early chapter book, and the language is well constructed for young readers. Carrie's determination and commitment to her unusual pet convey a worthy message about the trials and tribulations of being a responsible caregiver. Sharon Thompson's ink drawings, which are scattered throughout the tale, add a touch of humour and whimsy to the story. The chapters are a manageable size for young readers, and the illustrations help to break up the text.
A solid chapter book for new readers.
Christina Neigel is an instructor at the Library and Information Technology program at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC.
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