"Jasmine and Button" is the second book in a wonderful series of animal stories for younger readers by Helen Peters, a Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author. The series is brought to life with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.
The story continues to follow Jasmine, whose parents have careers deeply connected to animals—her dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet. Jasmine is known for her compassion and her knack for getting into adventures while caring for animals.
In this installment, Jasmine and her best friend Tom encounter a tragic accident involving a nesting duck. When the duck is killed, they rescue the eggs and embark on a mission to hatch them in an incubator. This endeavor is not without its risks, but their efforts are rewarded when Button, one of the ducklings, hatches and starts running around, getting into all sorts of adventures.
The story explores the challenges and joys of caring for animals, the bonds formed between humans and animals, and the life lessons learned through these experiences. Like the other books in the series, "Jasmine and Button" is filled with humor, heartwarming moments, and some poignant moments as well.
Helen Peters' storytelling is reminiscent of the beloved works of authors like Dick King-Smith and is perfect for readers aged seven and up who have a love for animal stories. With its engaging narrative and charming illustrations, "Jasmine and Button" is a delightful addition to the series, offering young readers another heartwarming and entertaining animal adventure.