A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Baby Duck doesn't like her new glasses, a predicament many children share. But Grampa cheers her up in the joyful last pages of the adequately written and illustrated book.
What's the story?
Baby Duck has new eyeglasses, but she doesn't look like herself. Her parents take her to the park and coax her to hop and dance along the way, but Baby Duck is afraid her glasses will fall off. She hides behind a tree and sings a sad song.
Grampa comes over and talks to her, and they discover they both have red frames on their glasses. Baby Duck sees she can still splash and twirl without her glasses falling off. Then the duck family goes boating, and Baby Duck can read her name on her new boat.
Is it any good?
This is a nice book and a good read-alone for 5- and 6-year-olds, though it's not a very exciting read-aloud; this has to do partly with the topic, which may not appeal to toddlers. The oversize format and the colorful watercolors convey the duck's expressions, particularly when Grampa and Baby Duck look at each other's eyeglasses, beak to beak.
Amy Hest and Jill Barton, creators of In the Rain With Baby Duck, have come back with another problem only Grampa can solve. The kindness of Grampa and the attempts of the concerned parents to cheer Baby up define this warmhearted book. Hest has captured the dynamic of the family relationship perfectly, although the writing here is less magical than in the first book.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about eyeglasses and other tools that may seem undesirable but help people navigate the world. Talk about other useful aids, such as reading glasses, canes and walkers, hearing aids, wheelchairs, and more. Try listing the pros and cons: What are the benefits for Baby Duck to wear the glasses? What are the negatives?