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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
It's My Pond
by Claire Garralon
Age Range: Under_5
What is a duck to do when another duck comes along saying “Wow, nice pond – it’s my pond”? A yellow duck is first on the scene and thinks that it’s his pond, that is, until a white duck arrives claiming it as well. They decide the answer is to divide the pond in two. Then a red duck turns up and he wants a piece of the pond so they split it into three. It all gets a lot more complicated when more coloured ducks arrive declaring that they want a section of the pond too. As the pond gets divided into smaller and smaller sections the ducks find they are unable to move, let alone swim around. In fact it’s no fun at all being stuck in their own little piece of pond. What are they going to do? Fortunately, a wise black duck has the solution.
French author and illustration Claire Garralon has created a book with a different take on sharing. When the ducks finally understand what sharing is all about they begin to enjoy swimming around the whole pond. As well as exploring the importance of sharing and friendship young readers can also identify the different colours, as well as count the ducks. The minimal, straightforward text, translated by Sarah Ardizzone, is accompanied by brightly illustrated pages full of rainbow colours and there’s a lovely surprise ending that children will love.
It’s My Pond is quirky, original and lots of fun.