A ukulele-playing duck is sometimes overwhelmed when making new friends. He is used to being by himself. One day, he comes across a band stranded on the beach. Bear, Fox, and Seagull’s van has broken down, and they ask him to “lend a wing.” Duck takes a risk and helps the band fix their van. He also has fun playing music with them. They invite Duck to their concert the next evening, and when Seagull gets sick, Bear and Fox ask Duck to play with them instead. Duck wants to, but he has doubts. Why would anyone want to be friends with a duck like him? If Duck can’t find the courage to join the band, the concert will be cancelled.
Chloe Douglass’s Band Together is a story about navigating the challenges of making new friends and finding self-confidence. The sparse text and emotive illustrations help young readers to see themselves in Duck and his social-emotional struggles when wanting to belong. For children who struggle with shyness, it is especially helpful to see Duck confront his fears and overcome them. Douglass also tackles this serious subject with humor. She includes endpaper illustrations of rock albums with an animal twist: “Kitty Perry” and “Justin Beaver,” to name but a few.
|Page Count||40 pages|
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