Once Upon a Time, Upon a Nest

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Mother and Father Duck have five eggs in their nest and they are ALL special. Father Duck is worried about Ruby - she is slow to hatch and the last to eat and swim. But Mother Duck knows that Ruby will flourish in her own time, and sure enough, when her turn comes to fly, she is the strongest and steadiest little duck in the sky. A warm and reassuring story that encourages children to discover the world at their own pace. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this is a very special book.

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In today’s dog-eat-dog world of competitive parenting, where moms and dads flaunt their children’s developmental milestone accomplishments like Wall Street coups, little duckling Ruby simply won’t play that game. She hatches late, is a picky eater, and refuses to swim, even while siblings Rufus, Rorie, Rosie, and Rebecca stick with the program. Their father despairs of Ruby ever catching up, but wise Mother Duck is quietly confident: "She will...in her own time." And sure enough, when it comes time to spread their wings, Ruby flies higher and farther than any of her brothers and sisters. But will she ever come back? You guessed it: "She will...in her own time."

Jonathan Emmett (Bringing Down the Moon) pens a positively charming, nicely rounded story, perfect for tots--and their anxious parents--who live on their own timeline. Rebecca Harry’s cheery pastel illustrations give readers an adorable duck family they’ll want to reach out and touch. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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Jonathan Emmett worked as an architect until he began writing children's books in 1995. His many successful picture books include Bringing Down The Moon (Walker), which has been translated into 17 languages. Once Upon A Time Upon A Nest is Rebecca Harry's first picture book. Her previous titles include the Ella Elephant and Noisy Farm Babies board book series for Campbell Books. She also runs her own greetings cards business.

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