Monday, April 6, 2009

The very special ducklings : (a very simple story about egg donation)

The very special ducklings : (a very simple story about egg donation) 
by Wava Cirisan 
illustrated by Stella Schultze 
Language: English 
Victoria, B.C. : Trafford, ©2004. 
16 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 141204216X, 9781412042161
Reading level: Ages 2-5
Review: This is a story of two duckling families who were friends; one mother duck was able to lay six eggs and one mother duck could not lay any. Seeing that her friend was so sad because she could not lay any eggs, she decided to give two of her six eggs to her eggless friend. This story is for very young children but introduces the concept of egg and embryo donation in a simple way without all the possible questions that could be raised in the future about being a child of a known egg/embryo donor. What is interesting is that it does not discuss the father duckling’s role in the decision to receive or donate eggs but highlights the mother duck’s.

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