Sunday, February 11, 2018

Book Review: 'The Bear Cub and the Ducklings' by Melinda Kinsman

British author Melinda Kinsman both writes and illustrates her popular children's books from her home on a small peninsula called The Wirral, in North West England. Melinda has to lie down a lot each day, due to health issues, she spends most of that time using her iPad to write and illustrate her books. That most assuredly does not deter her from composing excellent books that entertain both children and the lucky adults reading to them!

For those who are new to Melinda's series of books, welcome to The Top of the Wardrobe Gang - a team of cuddly toys who write the stories and ideas in this (and other) books. In this Book 9 Melinda introduces Molly Mouse and her friend Cyril as they visit a mother duck nesting on her eggs and they watch as the eggs hatch. But the weasel gang shows up and struggle to make the eggs - and Molly – their food for lunch – but fortunately Bear appears and frightens off the weasels. Standing guard over the new family of ducklings Bear inadvertently is perceived as the ducklings’ mother and they follow him around the barn. Bear sleeps with the mother and her ducklings and the next day the ducklings follow Bear to the lake and there instead of being frightened they jump in and swim. Molly has directed another little victory among her friends. And Melinda has created another very successful book! Grady Harp, April 16

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