Peterboy wants to find something special for his grandfather, but he finds a fallen duck in need of care. This is an extraordinary and totally enchanting story of friendship, hope and joy from two very talented, award-winning picture-book makers.
WINNER: 2016 WA Premier's Book Awards, Children's Books
SHORT-LISTED: 2015 CBCA Picture Book of the Year
SHORT-LISTED: 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature
Grandpapa's eyes shine when he remembers the beauty of the world, long-ago. Peterboy wants to find something wonderful to bring the light to Grandpapa's eyes and keep it there. What he finds is a duck, wounded and broken, and Grandpapa mends her from top to tail; quack, waddle and wing!
The Duck and the Darklings is a triumphant story, for children and adults, about the coming of hope in dark days, the warmth of friendship and the splendour of a new dawn.
Selected by the International Youth Library as a White Raven 2015 book.
'the language is just delicious. this is a book to be cosily explored with small children, but it would also make an interesting text for discussion at upper primary level.' Magpies
'Cleverly crafted, perfect for newly independent readers and as a moral tale this is a book to return to again and again, reiterating its message and enjoying its beauty.' Armadillo Children's Magazine UK
Glenda Millard is the author of many acclaimed novels and picture books, including Lightning Jack, illustrated by Patricia Mullins, which was shortlisted in the 2013 Children's Book Council of Australia awards.
Stephen Michael King has illustrated, written and designed many splendid books for children, including Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat and Bella's Bad Hair Day. The books they have made together include Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle, The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk and other books in the Kingdom of Silk series.
Short-listed Sakura Medal, for selected books in the reading program across Japan 2017 Japan; Winner Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Children's Books 2016 AU; Short-listed NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature 2015 AU; Short-listed The Wilderness Society's Environmental Award for Children's Literature, Picture Fiction category 2015 AU; Short-listed CBCA Picture Book of the Year, 2015 2015 AU; Commended White Raven book 2015 DE
Allen & Unwin
A & U Children
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