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Steamduck Learns to FLY!

by Emilie P. Bush - Illustrated by William Kevin Petty

Published by Coal City Stories [see]

Print edition available October 2012.

Reviewed by Jonette Butler
Review posted 1/30/13

  This was a fun book to read aloud to a youngster. It did not seem to matter that we had not read the first Steamduck book together. Since Emily Bush has a neat way of mixing little factoids into her rhyming text, so that a little learning sneaks into every story and William Perry's illustrations are full of fascinating detail.

I enlisted the assistance of a seven-year-old, Molly (a second grader), in reviewing this book. The story takes us to the life and times of Steamduck and his inventor, Otter, and is every bit as entertaining as the reviews said Ms. Bush and Mr. Petty's award-winningfirst Steamduck novel, Her Majesty's Explorer, a Steampunk bedtime story is. We'll certainly be ordering a copy of that book!

Molly thinks that Steamduck is "really cool" and she liked the rhyming text in the story. She was very impressed with Steamduck's wings and with the fact that Otter made Steamduck. She did not think that she could have read the book by herself "because there were some words in there that I never read before".

Molly wanted to look closely at each and every illustration and said that she thought the illustrations matched the story really well.

A must-read for families with 4 to 9-year old children!

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