Official Review: Ack! The Nantucket Duckling

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Official Review: Ack! The Nantucket Duckling

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Ack! The Nantucket Duckling" by A.K. Spurway.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Ack! The Nantucket Duckling by A.K. Spurway is a heartwarming story that teaches children about embracing individual differences. Ack lives on the beautiful island of Nantucket, but he is worried about marching in the annual Duckling Parade. The other ducks make fun of Ack, and he is self-conscious about his unusual beak and the odd sound it makes. Ack could have never imagined that his distinctive beak would help him be brave.

The 25-page picture book teaches children themes of individuality, unconditional love, empathy, self-consciousness, bravery, and self-acceptance. As they read about Ack's transformation, young readers will learn about accepting themselves and helping others.

The illustrations by Jacqueline East are exceptional; her attention to detail is impeccable, and the color palette she uses is lovely. Readers of all ages will appreciate the sweet illustration of Ack's mother holding and comforting him as he cries.

Spurway's diagnosis of a condition that affects her appearance and facial expressions lends authenticity and sensitivity to the story. Likewise, it's apparent why this engaging children's book is a recipient of the Mom's Choice Award. Many children learn at an early age to dislike anything about their appearance they perceive to be different from their peers and will relate to Ack. His caring mother reassures him that his trumpet-shaped beak gives him a "distinctive quack," but the little duckling tries everything he can think of to disguise his long beak. What I like most about the story is that Ack discovers that his difference is actually a strength.

The book is flawlessly edited, and I am unable to suggest any improvements or name anything I dislike about it. I am pleased to rate Ack! The Nantucket Duckling 4 out of 4 stars. The delightful story will appeal to children through the age of 10. I also recommend it to parents, teachers, and grandparents.

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We need to learn to love and accept ourselves first before seeking love and acceptance outside. It sounds like the book teaches children the beauty of being different and special! Thanks for the review.
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Nqobile771 wrote:
12 Oct 2020, 04:05
We need to learn to love and accept ourselves first before seeking love and acceptance outside. It sounds like the book teaches children the beauty of being different and special! Thanks for the review.
You're welcome. I appreciate your comment.

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Children are never too young to learn how to treat other people. This sounds like an awesome book. Thank you for your review.
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Children need to learn from a young age how to be courageous, have high self-esteem because it will help them as they grow older.
Thanks for the review.

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Children need to learn from a young age how to be courageous, have high self-worth because it will help them as they grow older.

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I picked your review because I did not know children's books were used on online book club. I really enjoyed reading it. When I had my oldest daughter, one of the first things a stranger said to me was "Ha! You got white baby!" So the realism of how being different is very true especially for children. She has been told nothing's wrong with her and she is extremely beautiful everyday since. Thanks for the great review!

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This is an important attitude to be inculcated in every child—own your difference! I appreciate the voice of this message.

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Bertha Jackson wrote:
12 Oct 2020, 10:48
Children are never too young to learn how to treat other people. This sounds like an awesome book. Thank you for your review.
Thanks, Bertha. :tiphat:

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Luluwa79 wrote:
12 Oct 2020, 16:48
Children need to learn from a young age how to be courageous, have high self-esteem because it will help them as they grow older.
Thanks for the review.
You're welcome. Thanks for your comment.

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Serenity2010 wrote:
12 Oct 2020, 20:39
I picked your review because I did not know children's books were used on online book club. I really enjoyed reading it. When I had my oldest daughter, one of the first things a stranger said to me was "Ha! You got white baby!" So the realism of how being different is very true especially for children. She has been told nothing's wrong with her and she is extremely beautiful everyday since. Thanks for the great review!
Thanks for sharing, Serenity. :tiphat:

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Cynthia Olyy wrote:
13 Oct 2020, 07:58
This is an important attitude to be inculcated in every child—own your difference! I appreciate the voice of this message.
I agree, Cynthia. Thank you.

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