The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling by Timothy Basil Ering

The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred FiddleducklingThe Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling by Timothy Basil Ering; illustrated by Timothy Bail Ering. 2017. Acrylic paint on paper with ink, charcoal, and graphite. Candlewick Press.

Brief summary: Captain Alfred was returning home on his small boat full of ducks, his dog, and an unhatched duck’s egg. He fondly keeps the delicate egg in the case of his fiddle naming the unborn Alfred Fiddleduckling. A huge storm suddenly appears  capsizing the boat and its passengers. The storm dissipates. The water is calm, but now a thick fog floats above the water revealing a duckling hatching and imprinting to the first thing it sees..the farmer’s fiddle floating in the water nearby.  The newly hatched duckling lovingly embraces the instrument and floats to the shore taking his beloved violin with him. He enjoys the music the fiddle makes. The lost farm dog hears the distant music and runs towards it expecting to see his master, but  instead, makes a new friend and shares being lost together. Captain Alfred’s wife hears the fiddle being played and runs through the fog to find a newly hatched duckling and the family’s dancing dog. Alfred Fiddleduckling is so happy he plays the fiddle again which is heard by the captain and ducks floating on the debris of the boat nearby.

Comments: Sweet story. We are left wondering how the reunion will be when the captain and ducks find the shore through the thick fog and discover a dancing dog, a new hatchling, and  his wife. The illustrations  capture the mood of the storm and fog.

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