My son brought this book home from his school library and I have enjoyed reading it to him and he has enjoyed having it read to him. The name of the story is Dabble Duck. The author is Anne Leo Ellis, and it was illustrated by Sue Truesdell.
The story is about a little boy named Jason. Jason lives in an apartment and has a baby duck named Dabble. Jason takes good care of the baby duck, and loves playing with him. When the Dabble gets to be full grown Jason has to leave him during the day to go to school and Dabble gets really lonely. Jason does not want to give Dabble up but he knows he is lonely and the family talks about taking Dabble to live at a local farm.
One day after school Jason took Dabble to the park where many children knew him and enjoyed petting him. There was also a little dog there that was obviously hungery and injured. The dog and Dabble took an interest in one another and Jason brough the poor, hurt, hungry dog home. Jason's parents helped clean up, patch up, and clean the dog. It was clear the dog and Dabble could be great friends so the family decided to keep both Dabble and dog. Dabble named the little dog quack.
This is a very sweet children's story. It is not what I would consider a quick read as far as children's books go but it is not a major read either. The illustrations are very detailed and very realistic. I liked the book because it teaches kids how to take good care of animals and how to treat animals who are in bad shape, and it is also a good book about friendships.
My son enjoyed the book too, but sometimes there were so many words on a page he got a little distracted but he always came back to the book and liked dabble and was concerened about the little dog. He really liked the ending of the book.
My son and I both enjoyed the book, it is a little wordy for a small children's book but it is a complete realistic story. I recommend Dabble Duck to children who love animals, and children who recently learned to read who are ready for a bit of a challeng.