There is probably Millions of Stories written for children in the world. I read a few myself to my own children of course. There is one I remember reading to my daughter a while back before she could read by herself. The story is called “Icky Little Duckling” by Steve Smallman and Tim Warnes.
It’s a funny story about a very organized Mr. Rabbit who finds a beautiful and perfect egg while walking outside. He brings it home, but suddenly the egg cracks and a icky little duckling goes out of it, saying “Mom!”. This adventure is going to change the life of Mr. Rabbit. Soon, his house became not as clean, calm and perfect as it used to be. Mr. Rabbit becomes frustrated and start searching for the duckling’s mother in the hope of getting rid of the baby and getting back his clean, calm and perfect house. Finally, after some time, Mr. Rabbit finds the mother and the duckling return to live with her. The house becomes again as clean, calm and perfect as it used to be. But then, guess what? Mr Rabbit finds himself no longer happy in this situation. He realizes that having a clean, calm, perfect, but empty house is actually quite boring! He finally goes out again to invite all the duckling’s family in for a party at his house!
To me, this is a simple story that illustrates well what really matter in life. Not only is it a funny story, but it teaches the importance of friendship to children. Think about it, are you living like Mr. Rabbit or like the little duckling?
“Icky little duckling” is one of the 1 millions stories I want to tell children all around the world as part of the project Millions of Stories.
And you, which children book do you remember? What are the best stories you have been told, or have told to your own children? Which ones really matter to be told to many many children in the world?
Suggestions welcome, I still need to find 999,999 more stories to tell!