I always appreciate a children’s book that has a fun, engaging story while also sharing interesting facts. Kids learn a lot through reading, so what they read (and what we read to them) is so important!
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Dabbling Doezee is a children’s book with fun, exciting illustrations that is perfect for early readers (ages 3-8). In the story there are two duck friends named Doezee and Rudy that discover their differences and their own unique abilities. As their adventure unfolds, their friendship helps them survive in the face of danger.
Dabbling Doezee Children’s Book
For our review we received the Dabbling Doezee hardcover book as well as the iBook.
Dabbling Doezee is a great book for our younger two children (ages 5 and 8). Our daughter (the 8 year old) is able to read most of the book herself, and her younger brother loves to listen to the story. The illustrations are so colorful and eye-catching. The story itself has a lot of excitement, and the illustrations really make it come to life!
Dabbling Doezee is an encouraging story about friendship. Doezee dabbles and Rudy dives. They have different food preferences that go along with their unique abilities. Not only are they still good friends, but after Doezee starts to try to be something she’s not (a diving duck) to avoid danger, they learn she has her own unique skills that compliment Rudy’s skills. They help each other stay safe, and they do it by being who they are. I really love the the message of the story of both the friendship and accepting and acknowledging your unique abilities.
As a homeschool mom, I also love that there is an educational aspect in learning the difference between diving ducks and dabbling ducks. At the end, even more detail is included in the Author’s Note about the ducks including their types, skills, and even the name for a female duck (duck) and male (drake). It’s really informative.
Dabbling Doezee has really been a great addition to our children’s books!
About the Author (Kimberly Kennedy)
Kim is an award-winning educator, writer, and entrepreneur. She has a doctorate from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
As an Assistant Professor, Kim’s scholarship emphasized ways that storytelling deepens relationships, develops identity and a sense of family history, teaches, and heals us when facing loss. She believes that stories are essential in helping children develop literacy skills, content knowledge and cognitive abilities.
“My mother taught young children throughout her career. She emphasized education and reading in our home. She was an amazing role model, including when she took a stand to save our local library. Her influence explains a great deal about why I believe that storytelling is vital to a child’s development and to family well being.”
About the Illustrator (Tracy Herrmann)
Tracy brings her signature gentle styling to Dabbling Doezee. She was an active member of The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) and won awards for her art at various state and local juried competitions, including an Award of Excellence from the California State Fair. Tracy’s specialized studies in Zoology and Natural History lent her art and graphic talents to supporting wilderness and conservation for national parks with screen print and embroidered soft goods, keepsakes, hard goods, gifts and collectibles.
“I enjoy exploring, spending whole afternoons observing and sketching animals for new concepts, and just watching the families and kids. Kids love to watch an artist sketch and paint. They are natural artists and keen observers. Sharing the richness of our natural world through my art brings me great joy and satisfaction. Connecting with others who share that joy just makes my whole year!”