When Goose leaves to go on vacation, she leaves Duck in charge of her pond. Eager to make Goose proud, he begins telling the other animals that they cannot participate in certain activities near or in HIS pond. Eventually, Duck really lets the power go to his head, and he even begins putting up signs saying “NO RACING”, and “NO SWIMMING, SPLASHING, OR FISHING”! Upset that they literally can’t do ANYTHING that they enjoy, the pond animals pack up and move to a new spot: The Meadow. Duck, quickly realizes that it is the animals who make the pond special, and that it is fun to let others to have fun too. Because of this, he decides he needs to apologize, but how? Will Duck be able to convince the animals to come back to the pond? Will Goose be proud of Duck?
This book takes several difficult topics, selflessness and the importance of an apology, and paints them into fun and understandable concepts for children! Alison Ritchie does a fantastic job highlighting similarities between Duck and a Normal Child, while Hannah George brings the story to life with bright and colorful illustrations. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat for any parent looking to tackle this tricky subject!