Lemon the Duck

Lemon the Duck


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Lemon the Duck by Laura Backman, Laurence Cleyet-Merle

This gorgeous picture book is based on the inspirational story of Lemon the Pekin duck (as seen on MSNBC and in TIME for Kids), who was born in an elementary school classroom. Neurological issues make Lemon unable to walk, but with the support of a compassionate teacher and her students, Lemon is still able to become one happy duck! In the story, Ms. Lake and her class conduct an egg-hatching project in school and on the big day, welcome four little ducklings into the world. The students soon realize that the soft yellow one they named Lemon looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but can't stand up and walk like a duck. They worry that Lemon won't be happy if she can't do all the things ducks love to do, and work together to help Lemon thrive. Through caring for Lemon, the students share her in victories and learn that acceptance, love, and extra special care can go a long way. They also come to understand that her difference doesn't make Lemon any less special. To learn more about Lemon, visit www.lemontheduck.com.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781897550250
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 34
Sales rank: 861,643
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Author, school teacher, and reading specialist, Laura Backman, shares how a very special duck named Lemon came into her life in her children's book, Lemon the Duck. She dedicated Lemon's story to her father who passed away from Multiple Sclerosis. Profits from the book are donated to the MS Society and the Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary, a non-profit organization committed to finding homes for abandoned waterfowl. To learn more about Lemon, visit her website at http://lemontheduck.com

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Lemon the Duck 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Richard was the first to hear the soft peeping sounds as the four duck eggs began to hatch in Ms. Lake's classroom. The children named the ducklings Peaches, Lemon, Daisy, and Chip-Chip. However, neurological issues made Lemon unable to walk. Ms. Lake contacted Dr. Bill the vet, who said that Lemon had a balance problem for which not much could be done. The other ducks went to live on Mr. Web's farm, but Ms. Lake and the students did what they could to give Lemon the extra special care that she needed to grow stronger. In the end, their creativity invented a solution for Lemon to visit with her siblings. This book is based on the inspirational true story of the author's real-life experience with a duck born in an elementary school classroom. It teaches not only about egg to duckling development but also about animals (and people) who are different and have special needs. Children need to remember that disabilities do not make anyone less special, and a book like this is a helpful way to impress such a lesson on their minds. It is a truly heart-warming story with lovely illustrations that I highly recommend.
juanitajb More than 1 year ago
This beautifully illustrated book relates an endearing, inspiring true story about a handicapped duck and the people who love her. Wonderful for all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this adorable book for my 7 year old daughter. We both loved the book and found Lemon to be inspirational!! A great book for any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that it is based on a true story and that "Lemon the Duck" is not just a character in a book but is indeed real,with her own web site. It is a "teaching by example" tool for children of all ages.