The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling (Hardcover)

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The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling is a treasure. It is the type of book that will most likely be kept in the family for generations. It speaks to fear and hope and to the power of love and magnetic pull of family. A storm on the water casts the occupants of a small boat about. It looks bleak until music is heard. This is a delightful book to give to violin players. Timothy Basil Ering is the author and illustrator. Each page is one to ponder. He did the illustrations for the Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.

— From Kids' Book Recommendations


Expect something unexpected when a duckling lost at sea adopts a musical new friend in a whimsical, heart-lifting story from Timothy Basil Ering.

Captain Alfred is sailing home with new ducks for his farm when his little boat is caught in an unexpected and mighty storm. Everything aboard the ship is flung to the far reaches of the sea, including the very special and beautiful duck egg he had nestled safely inside his fiddle case. But perhaps all is not lost: the little duckling stumbles out of his shell and discovers Captain Alfred's fiddle, floating not too far away in the waves. And when the duckling embraces the instrument with all his heart, what happens next is pure magic. Through an enchanting read-aloud text and beautiful artwork, award-winning author-illustrator Timothy Basil Ering shares a thrilling and fantastical story of a farmer, a gentle old lady, a dancing dog, and one brave, tiny duckling that will warm the heart.

About the Author

Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal winner The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo as well as Finn Throws a Fit! by David Elliott and Snook Alone by Marilyn Nelson. He is also the acclaimed author-illustrator of The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone, Necks Out for Adventure!, and The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger. Timothy Basil Ering lives in Kingston, Massachusetts.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763664329
ISBN-10: 0763664324
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Pages: 48
Language: English