A Duckling Called Button


This is the second in the Jasmine Green series by Helen Peters, although neither the order, nor the other titles, are necessary to reading and enjoying this book.

When Jasmine and her best friend Tom survey the damage left by Bella’s unleashed dog’s rampage at the farm pond, they are shocked. Their mission is to save the eggs left by the mother duck the dog has killed. We follow Jasmine’s progress from tending the eggs in an incubator, to encouraging pond dips, from emergence, to feeding, care and development.

The story is told directly and well; there are many farming/ animal husbandry facts included, while Jasmine’s character, relationships and setting are interesting and realistic.

A Duckling Called Button is a super book for any reader who  has assumed a consistent reading habit, for it is satisfying, warm and very interesting. We recommend A Duckling Called Button highly to our Bookwagon readers.

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A Duckling Called Button

(A Jasmine Green series title)

Helen Peters, illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

(Nosy Crow)

Jasmine and Tom have their work cut out caring for abandoned duck eggs. What can they do to prevent such devastation as A Duckling Called Button experienced? It seems to involve Bella’s dog, off its lead. It stormed into the farm pond resulting in the ducks abandoning their nest. However, the eggs are warm and there’s hope they might be saved. It seems therefore, that Jasmine and Tom, and the readers, have a lot to learn about incubation. Thankfully, Jasmine’s mother’s a vet. That means that she can source the necessary equipment. However, care is around the clock. Although Jasmine and Tom are determined to be responsible animal carers, this is a tough call.  Then again, there’s Bella to deal with; she and Jasmine are not ‘the best of friends‘… Although A Duckling Called Button is the second in a fabulous series beloved by Bookwagon that begins with A Piglet Called Truffle. However, the Jasmine Green books might be started at any point. Then again, we warn readers that once started you’re bound to be hooked!
 We love the intelligence of this title, the respect it shows its subject and readers. We recommend Helen Peters’ Jasmine Green series to those seeking a fulfilling, intelligent reading experience.



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