Martin Waddell Webster J. Duck

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Webster J. Duck

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9780763624316: Webster J. Duck

A search for love and reassurance—from master storyteller Martin Waddell.

When little Webster J. Duck cracks open his egg, he’s all alone. "Where’s my mother?" Webster wonders, and sets off to find her. Though he meets some waggly, woolly, very friendly animals along the way, his mother is nowhere to be seen. It looks as if Webster is all alone-until his new friends lend a helping hand. With delightful illustrations by David Parkins, master storyteller Martin Waddell celebrates the wonderful feeling of being found by someone you love.

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About the Author:

Martin Waddell is the author of many well-loved books for children, including A KITTEN CALLED MOONLIGHT; CAN'T YOU SLEEP, LITTLE BEAR? (one of four tales about Big Bear and Little Bear); FARMER DUCK; OWL BABIES; and WHO DO YOU LOVE? He says, "WEBSTER J. DUCK is a sunny story, born of long holiday with my children by a lake on the river Shannon in Ireland. We saw a nest in the reeds and a watchful cow in the mud by the lakeside. In that moment, Webster's story was born."

David Parkins is also the illustrator of AUNT NANCY AND OLD MAN TROUBLE and AUNT NANCY AND COUSIN LAZY-BONES by Phyllis Root, as well as Dick King-Smith's chapter books SOPHIE'S TOM, SOPHIE HITS SIX, SOPHIE IN THE SADDLE, SOPHIE IS SEVEN, and SOPHIE'S LUCKY.

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The star of Waddell's (A Kitten Called Moonlight) heartwarming tale starts life "All folded up so he'd fit in the egg," but soon the plucky duck is out and about, looking for the mother who's nowhere to be seen. Astute readers will notice on the book's title page that Mother Duck is merely taking a swimming break in the water near the nest, but Webster J. Duck doesn't know that: he heads for the adjacent farm fields and quacks queries to increasingly larger "ducks" with waggly tails (a dog), woolly coats (a sheep) and even udders (a cow). Each time, he realizes that "My mother would go/ quack-quack like me!" His new friends, moved by his despair, offer up clarion calls of "BOW-WOW!" "BAA-BAA!" and "MOO-MOO-MOO-MOO!" and successfully beckon Webster's mother for a joyous first meeting. Even very young children may notice the striking similarities to the classic Are You My Mother? Parkins's (Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble) painterly watercolors, however, possess a magic and originality that's hard to resist: his lakeside landscape shimmers with light, and he endows his pint-sized protagonist with emotional depth. Ages 2-4. (Aug.)
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