Welcome to Nonna’s Corner. Today I am sharing the picture book HATTIE PECK: THE JOURNEY HOME written and illustrated by Emma Levey. Come along as Hattie sends her beloved children out on their own. This touching tale about family, decisions, letting go, and differences will make a worthy addition to your child’s bookshelf. I think you’ll love the ending.
by Emma Levey
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Hattie Peck adores eggs of all kinds. However, she cannot make any of her own. No worries—Hattie has collected eggs from all over the world, hatched them, and raised her blended family of cockatoos, storks, owls, anything from an egg—even reptiles.
But now it’s time. They all need to leave her big loving nest.
So off the flock goes, on their biggest—and saddest—adventure. Even though, in her heart, Hattie knows it’s best.
A poignant story about family and differences, making hard decisions, letting go and inclusion. It’s not all sad, though, due to a nice twist ending as in the first book.
Bright colorful and lively illustrations and lots of information about egg-bearing animals round out the story.
I didn’t realize this was the second book about Hattie Peck. The first is HATTIE PECK, and in that novel, she gathers her diverse family. However, this works completely on its own. Hattie is unable to have children of her own, but she loves eggs and brings abandoned eggs home to hatch. This results in a unique family from snakes to swans. The author shares their lives from bedtime routines to special holidays. Her most favorite of all is their birthdays and she knits each a special gift. After many years her children are grown and it is time for them to leave the nest. So she packs them all up, and we begin a journey to set them free. The colorful illustrations shared their journey before Hattie once again returned home. It was sad for Haddie, but the ending will make you and yours smile.
I loved the diversity within in HATTIE PECK: THE JOURNEY HOME, and the subtle sharing that families can be different. The book hits on topics such as family, decisions, loss and our own unique differences.
Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
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La La in the Library
These sound fabulous. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂
The Bibliophile Babe
I think my youngest sister (4.5) would really like this. She’s at an age where she’s started realizing our family is blended, so this would be right on point for her.
What an adorable book! I love the artwork and the diversity! Thanks for sharing this, Kim!
Melissa (Books and Things)
OMG! I love the theme of this book. This is one I would be glad to gift out to a lot of people I know.
It may not have been sad, but my eyes did not get that memo. My heart! This one’s going in the children’s section of our library, for sure. We recently read a children’s book that had such a powerful message, we’re going to have to post about it. Thank you so much for sharing this; we love this feature! Awesome review 🙂
oh! I love this message of “when life gives you lemons” and how she got over not having her own family and ended up with this sweetly diverse bunch! SO PRECIOUS! 🙂
Just in time for “Children’s Book Week!” Thanks for sharing.
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Looks adorable but sounds better suite to empty “nesters” than children ?
Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)
I don’t have any kids to read this to but it sounds adorable. I may have to get copies of this series to give to my friends who have kids.
Adorable book! I love the Illustrations! Thanks for sharing!
A cute book and I love the themes portrayed.
Geybie's Book Blog
Wow.. this is a cute, short book for children. Thank you for sharing, Kim.