What's a cold little duck to do when she races the spring thaw to her home pond and wins? She could shiver, slip, slide, and shake -- or think lovely, warm thoughts until nature comes through and brings the pond splashing and quacking to life once again. Lisa Westberg Peters and Sam Williams are inspired harbingers of spring in this irresistible story that's also an unrivaled read-aloud featuring enchanting rhyme and repetition and absolutely winsome illustrations of the cold (but brave!) little duck.
Children's Pick of the Lists 2000(ABA)
2001 Notable Children's Books (ALA)
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Is it spring yet? One little duck thinks so, but the pond is still covered in ice. Poor, cold little duck, duck, duck! Can she make spring come by wishing?Review:
When a cold little duck returns to her pond too early one "miserable and frozen spring," she receives an unpleasant surprise: her feet freeze to the ice ("stuck stuck stuck"). She tucks her head under her wing and begins to think warm thoughts of spring: "wiggly worms and shiny beetles" ("black black black") and "blades of grass in squishy mud" ("snack snack snack"). Her quiet and creative patience pays off, and before she knows it, spring has truly arrived, along with a group of ducks who touch down on the little pond beside the not-so-cold little duck.
The power of dreams and positive thinking is born out in this charming story of a duck that won't give up. Young readers will dream along with the feisty little duck, and rejoice when the ice cracks and she can wiggle her tail, waggle her wings, and kick kick kick her feet. Sam Williams's soft little duck and her pleasant reveries will linger in the reader's mind, as will the big, bold, rhyming text of Lisa Westberg Peters. (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter
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Book Description Greenwillow Books, 2005. Board book. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060722231