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By: Harry Bird

The Arrival of Jessica BunnyDuck

Pages: 28 Ratings: 5.0
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One day, Mummy Duck is returning from the shops when she finds an abandoned baby under an oak tree. Who is this baby, and what will the Duck family do to help her? Read on to find out...

The story behind Jessica BunnyDuck is simple: it is OK to be different. The origins of the story go back over 30 years, when the author was working with Cher and had begun to learn about the Craniofacial Children Association (CCA) which Cher had been actively working on since starring in the film Mask in 1985. When he met the children supported by the CCA during a retreat in Texas, he was in awe at how they supported each other without question and how open and honest they were with each other. This is when he came up with the idea of Jessica BunnyDuck.

‘Much like children with craniofacial conditions, Jessica BunnyDuck deals with being different and finding a place in which to belong.’
from the Foreword by Cher

Harry was born in Airedale Yorkshire in 1941, and was raised from the age of six in Bethnal Green, East London. In the 1980s he formed his own chauffeur company and over the years had many Hollywood stars and singers as clients. It was Cher who introduced him to these wonderful children who have craniofacial disorders at one of her concerts at Wembley. He went to Dallas to a retreat and formed a relationship with the families and the charity, and was overwhelmed by the courage of the children, and was determined to try and help, and this is the start of the journey.

Customer Reviews
5.0
7 reviews
7 reviews
  • Mel

    Wonderful book which is beautifully delivered. This is a very moving story and everyone should read this and be aware and tolerant of people who differ from ourselves. In these days of me me me, we should consider those less fortunate. However, this is not a sad book and can be enjoyed by all.

  • Rita Nicholson

    What a delightful story highlighting that we are all different in our own special way. I look forward to seeing follow up books to see how Jessica progresses.

  • Christine

    Beautifully written and illustrated, just right for the target age for children say 4 to 6 years. Teaching children to become aware of our personal differences in life, and most importantly to be kind and tolerant of others, a much needed lesson in today’s society. I would not hesitate to read this to my grandchildren , a wonderful bedtime read, perfect length too for the first instalment, and I very much look forward to the next adventure of Jessica Bunnyduck!

  • Gemma

    I was lucky enough to read this lovely book with my two children. We all fell in love with little Jessica Bunny Duck as she navigated her new home and her new family. I especially liked how this story showed a caring and nurturing family coming together to wholly accept Jessica, even though she is a little bit different from them. Love and kindness is such an important lesson that I think this book teaches perfectly.

  • Margaret

    The Arrival of Jessica Bunny Duck is a good little story with good illustrations telling younger children that it is ok to be different and there are people who care. Good read for children , hopefully this is the first of many books to come.

  • Julia Wilson

    The Arrival Of Jessica BunnyDuck by Harry Bird is a beautiful book and just perfect for the under fives.
    The book teaches our children that it is okay to be different on the outside. Inside we are all the same with our basic needs for food, warmth and love.
    The message of the book teaches our children to love and care as we see an abandoned baby welcomed into a family unit. We learn the concept of sharing what we have with those around us who have nothing.
    Roy Bugden has beautifully and simply illustrated the whole book. The ducks and Jessica appeal to all with their big eyes and friendly faces. Each page is a starting point for discussions with our children.
    The Arrival Of Jessica BunnyDuck is a beautiful and perfect addition to any child’s library.
    I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

  • Paul

    Fantastic story which my children loved. It really helped with conversations about how we are all very different but that we should still treat everybody with the same care and respect. Hoping to see more stories very soon.

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