Welcome to Poetry Friday. Mr. Linky and I are happy to host the roundup. Please leave your links at the end of this post.
I have a sneak-peek to share with you today. Lucky me–this week I received an F&G of one of Laura Purdie Salas’ upcoming books. Finding Family comes out from Millbrook Press in March, 2023. And boy is it a charmer!
Finding Family tells the (true!) story of a mallard duckling raised by a pair of loons in a Wisconsin lake in May, 2019. With captivating lyrical language the book shares the saga of this unusual family. For an unknown reason the loon parents lose their two loon eggs (which might or might not have hatched.) Around the same time a newly-hatched mallard chick is separated from her family, and the loon parents raise the mallard as their own. I love that the story presents only what is known and lets the reader know that the rest is mystery: “Nobody knows.”
We see the loon parents treating the mallard as a loon chick, and the mallard duckling adapting and thriving. Here’s one of my favorite spreads from the book (thanks to Millbrook Press for sharing this:)
Why does a duckling who instinctively tips up a day after hatching to dabble on seeds and bugs take minnows from her adoptive parents? How does this dabbler learn to dive? We’re left with a sense of amazement as we watch this extraordinary family share time together. The illustrations capture the enchantment–beware the cuteness overload when Duckling rides piggyback, “like the captain of a ship.”
Finding Family will fascinate young nature lovers and inspire all readers and listeners to take a closer look at nature’s mysteries. Older children and teachers will also appreciate the extensive back matter. Be sure to put it on your to-be-read list for this coming spring!
On another note, I enjoyed presenting a shop talk for SCBWI-Michigan on Saturday morning about using lyrical language. If you’re interested in listening to the approximately 45-minute talk you can find it here for the next week. I also attended the SCBWI-Indiana celebration of April Pulley Sayre conference on Saturday. I was a big fan of April’s books and had the good fortune to meet her in-person a couple of times. It was a lovely celebration and an inspiring day!
And speaking of inspiration, be sure to visit this week’s Poetry Friday blogs listed below.
(NOTE: Sorry if some of you had trouble listing earlier. Apparently gremlins hit my blog–I called my tech support aka younger offspring and she cleared the cache. Hopefully all is working now!)