The Duck and the Darklings by Glenda Millard & Stephen Michael King

Glenda Millard’s stories have a poetic sensibility and show a tender, sincere respect for people and animals alike.

In a dark, troubled place, Peterboy wants to bring light and good memories to his grandpapa, but their world is a harsh one. One day the boy finds an ailing duck and though his grandpapa warns him not to get too fond of her, soon the simple creature brings them joy, making the dark more bearable. Grandpapa tells the duck stories of a time when life was bright and beautiful, hoping she will be happy to stay with them, but the wind whispers her name and her wings yearn to fly. Peterboy and Grandpapa realise that they must set the duck free, but feel gratitude for the hope and courage she brought, which helped them to see their world in a more positive light.

Stephen Michael King’s whimsical illustrations lovingly bring this story to life. For ages 3 and up.


Alexa Dretzke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Hawthorn.

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The Duck and the Darklings

The Duck and the Darklings

Glenda Millard, Stephen Michael King

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