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Beautiful illustrations and great moral lesson
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2016
This is an absolutely enthralling story about a foolish duck who places her trust in a stranger who ingratiates himself to her. Jemima is a duck who lacks patience, perseverance and discernment. She flees a place of safety and care to find a place to lay her eggs but unfortunately befriends a fox. The fox tells her what she wants to hear and offers her everything she needs to lay her eggs. There are hints that this fox shouldn't be trusted, but Jemima ignores them.
Some might object to the sad ending, but books are a safe place to learn hard lessons. In this case, the lesson is that people who agree with everything you say and bend over backward to accommodate you may not always looking out for your best interest.
My preschooler loves this book for the beautiful illustrations and interesting dialogue. He doesn't understand the moral lesson yet, but the point of good literature is to place the story in the child's mind so that later, when he is more mature, he has an existing narrative to compare real-life experiences against.