Author: V.A. Boeholt
Illustrator: Nathaniel P. Jensen
Publisher: Five Star Publications
ISBN: 978-1-58985-204-4

Burton watched with pride as Dixie got all her little ducks lined up in a row. Then Dixie and her flock held their heads up high and waddled off toward the barnyard, quacking all the way,” V.A. Boeholt’s writes in her children’s story, Burton Helps Dixie Duck.

Fifth book of the Burton the Scarecrow, Friendship Tales from the Farm series, this letter-sized paperback book has thirty-six pages and is targeted toward children five to ten years old. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it concentrates on friendship and helping others make wise decisions. Illustrator Nathaniel P. Jensen’s full-page color, painted artworks are expressive and engaging.

In this tome, Dixie Duck does not like how loud Farmer Green’s fowl yard has become so leaves to lay her eggs near the road. After producing seven large eggs in the soft dirt, she leaves them unattended while a dump truck shovels the dirt, taking the precious eggs away.

Frantic, Dixie cannot find the eggs after looking everywhere. Owl flies by and sees her distress so asks Burton the Scarecrow for help. Burton examines the road, realizes the eggs were taken away, and finds them nearby, safely resting on a pile of sand.

Without scolding the duck, Burton suggests taking them back to Farmer Green’s yard to build a new nest. He reminds her that when others live together, they can help watch out for each other and solve problems.

Dixie is thrilled when all seven eggs hatch. As promised, she takes her ducklings to visit Burton and thanks the scarecrow, naming each of her brood after him.

In addition to teaching young ones about these web-footed creatures, their nesting habits, and how long eggs take to hatch, the author hones in on reminding children to be helpful to others in need, not making fun of someone’s mistakes, and promoting compassion.

At the end of the book, there is a resource guide explaining the story’s concepts, along with an explanation of ducks, reading / listening tips, activity ideas, learning points, online information, and a helpful glossary. Also included are biographies of author, illustrator, and publisher with an order form.

This is one more wonderful addition in the series for children to read, learn, and remember how to think about others in need and learn from one’s mistakes. Boeholt understands how to get the message of friendship across while educating young readers about ducks, egg hatching, and raising ducklings.

This book was furnished by Five Star Publications in lieu of an unbiased review.

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