A Fine Day for a Walk

Make room on your bookshelves for one more duckling book this spring. Eva Moore’s Lucky DuckliLucky Ducklings by Eva Moorengs: A True Rescue Story has the feel and look of a modern classic. At the same time, the plot derives from events that occurred in Montauk, NY, in 2000, when the community came together to save some hapless little ducks.

As this charming picture book relates, nature does not exist solely in the country. “The Duck family lived in a pretty pond in a green, green park, in a sunlit little town at the end of a long, long island.” The illustrator Nancy Carpenter beautifully evokes the setting with her muted, watery palette, achieved with charcoal and digital media.

“It’s a fine day for a walk!” Mama Duck proclaims. With simple, rhythmic language, Ms. Moore takes us along with Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin, and Little Joe as they make their way past overflowing trash cans, head off the curb, and follow Mama over the storm grate. Mama steps across easily, but, oh, my, the ducklings fall through! That could have been the end of the story, the author notes, but, thankfully, it didn’t stop there.

Plenty of folks pitch in to help the little ones; an observant bystander notices what happened and calls for help. Firemen and a tow-truck driver are able to save the ducklings and reunite them with their mama.

The afterward, too, shows how the community prevented other small animals from the same predicament: they replaced the storm drain grate with a new one with smaller openings.

Evocative, simple, and memorable, Lucky Ducklings makes for a fine read-aloud for ages 5 to 7.

Also see …

Make Way for DucklingsJust Ducks by Nicola Davies Ugly Duckling retold and illus by Jerry Pinkney


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rolf Rykken
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 22:33:50

    Ducks are cool! And I posted this on FaceBook, too.


  2. :Donna Marie
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 13:54:30

    It IS saying a lot 🙂 I also LOVE the book LITTLE QUACK written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Derek Anderson. And, of course, though it’s not a duckling, one of the most beautifully-illustrated, wordless picture books is FLORA AND THE FLAMINGO by Molly Idle 🙂 I bought that one immediately!


  3. :Donna Marie
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 13:48:59

    I just LOVE ducklings! 😀 Thanks for posting this. And, of course, MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS is such a classic 🙂


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