Synopses & Reviews
Martin Waddell and Jill Barton team up for a ducky celebration of springtime, family, and miraculous new arrivals.
"Did you come in an egg?" Duckling gasped.
"All ducks do," Grandpa said.
Mommy Duck has laid a pale blue egg among the rushes, and soon it will be quacking time at the lake. Duckling has never seen a duck egg before and finds it very hard to believe that a baby duck could fit inside. But now all the family is gathering—Auntie and Cousin and Grandpa—and the excitement is high as they wait for a tap-tap-tap and a CRACK! and, finally, a tiny beak and a head poking out. Little listeners will be more than eager to join in their final chorus: "Quack-quack! Quack-quack-quack!"
"Suitable for an Easter basket or as a gift for a new sibling, this deceptively simple story about the hatching of a duckling is a spring charmer. When his mother lays a new blue egg, Duckling has plenty of questions for his parents and relatives. 'Did I come in one of those eggs?' he asks. 'You did,' says his father. 'Your egg was lovely!' Waddell (the Little Bear books) captures just the right tone and gives just enough information to a sibling-in-waiting. When Duckling asks Auntie, 'How did I fit in my egg?,' she answers matter-of-factly, 'You were much smaller then.' Duckling protests that he doesn't remember his egg, but his grandfather chimes in, 'I don't remember mine either,' and assures him that all ducks come from eggs. Duckling's patience is rewarded when the baby cracks his shell and smiles up at him with time-honored, second child adoration. Barton's (the Baby Duck books) engaging watercolors underscore Duckling's initial innocence and gradual acceptance of his new role in the family. You can see the pride in his chubby duckling face as he announces to his Auntie, 'Our egg jiggled a bit.' Both art and text work together to present the family's cozy nest near the shimmering blue water as a reassuring place to celebrate life's changes with a joyful 'Quack-quack-quack-quack!' Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The creators of "The Pig in the Pond" welcome new babies everywhere with thistouching celebration of springtime, family, and miraculous new arrivals. Fullcolor.
Duckling has never seen a duck egg before and finds it hard to believe that a baby duck can fit inside! Martin Waddell, recipient of the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Medal, and Jill Barton, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, create a ducky celebration of springtime and family for little ones eager to "quack" along.
About the Author
Martin Waddell is the author of more than one hundred books for children, including HI, HARRY! and the Little Bear books, illustrated by Barbara Firth; FARMER DUCK, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; A KITTEN CALLED MOONLIGHT, illustrated by Christian Birmingham; and THE PIG IN THE POND, illustrated by Jill Barton. In 2004 he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his lasting contribution to children's literature. Martin Waddell lives in Northern Ireland.
Jill Barton has collaborated with Amy Hest on all the Baby Duck books, including IN THE RAIN WITH BABY DUCK, winner of the BOSTON GLOBE—HORN BOOK Award. She also illustrated the rollicking RATTLETRAP CAR and WHAT BABY WANTS, both by Phyllis Root; LADY LOLLIPOP and CLEVER LOLLIPOP by Dick King-Smith; and THE PIG IN THE POND by Martin Waddell. Jill Barton lives in England.