Lumpy may be hefty with a misshapen mouth, but he's funny and the most loyal friend Wheezy could ask for. When she meets Unwanted, she casts a wish for people to be able to see her best friend like she does. Her wish nearly kills him.
Suggested age range for readers: 9-12
Suggested age range for readers: 9-12
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The Lumpy Duckling: Another Weaver Tale based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
a sweet coming of age tale of trying to find one's place in the world and within relationships. It's full of fun, youthful energy. What sets this story series apart from other shorter fantasy reads in the middle grade category is the structure of the story. These children are word weavers, meaning they often challenge each other through every day events by communicating in poetic rhyming. Initially, I thought it might become too much or take away from the main theme of the story but it didn't. In fact it did the opposite by showing character quirks, beliefs, and reactions - inner emotions. I think kids this age will really gravitate to it. It makes them think. The story has wonderful characters such a Eloise aka Wheezy, who sneezes in threes. She has a great attitude of being strong and sure of herself - on the outside, anyway. As events unfold, the reader learns there's more to Wheezy on the inside then she shows on the outside. Then there's her BFF Lumpy, who's always been the plump, smart boy on the block. He's practically a master at word weaving, always making it a playful game. A little competition between good friends sounds fitting and intriguing to readers of this age. I absolutely LOVE this concept. As all good stories do, this one has roadblocks the main character must overcome. Through one dangerous wish that could have a grave outcome, Wheezy takes the reader on a journey of changing friendships as kids move from the elementary mindset and physical body to moments of awkward adolescence. How does he feel? How do I act? Will they still like me? There's even a bully to give the tale a deeper MG feel, although it's done in a new, fresh way. By story's end, the true meaning of friendship shines through in a delicate and very sincere way. It's a wonderful teaching tool for kids this age. I'd recommend reading together, especially with 10-11 year olds. (Psst...if you're wondering if that little blue dude on the cover is Lump, it's not. You'll have to read to find out who he is.)
Another Weaver Tale, "The Lumpy Duckling," by Kai Strand., is the third in her series, and I love it as much or maybe more than the other two. Her first book, "The Weaver", sets up the story of the Tales, a village of Word Weavers. Then "The Wishing Well" is the next story of these quirky wordsmiths. This is a great series concept. It showcases the author’s use of different writing styles, humor, and an cast of special characters. In "The Lumpy Duckling," we meet new characters with an exciting action scene plus a friendship that may grow into something more. Eloise Talemaker is a skinny seventh grade girl with frizzy hair. Her nickname is Wheezy, because of her sneezing in threes. Her best friend is Lumpy, an overweight boy of thirteen, with a mouth of lumpy canker sores. They make an odd couple, but they appreciate each other and enjoy hanging out. They’re often teased by the popular kids, but true friends that they are, they rise above it. One day Wheezy meets the gnome-elf, Unwanted, and makes a wish that others would see her friend Lumpy for the great person he is. This sets in motion a nerve-shattering and fearful scene that changes both their lives. Wheezy almost loses Lumpy twice—first from the accident, and then from how he changes as he heals. This is a wonderful story of loyalty and friendship. It also shows how one’s fears and insecurities sometimes sabotage the good things we have in our lives. Like Wheezy, we must learn to trust, to accept change, to be patient and understanding, and to try not to jump to conclusions. The end is most satisfying, but it’s an exciting, nerve-wracking ride to get there. "The Lumpy Duckling" is heartily recommended for middle grade readers.