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Daisy and the Egg

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Mama Duck and Aunt Buttercup are sitting on a new egg, and Daisy is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her new brother or sister. Days pass, and Daisy waits and waits . . . until she is finally awakened by a "Pip! Pip! Pip!" A story full of anticipation to which every older sibling can relate, Daisy and the Egg will surely be a hit with fans of this endearing duckling.

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Overview

Mama Duck and Aunt Buttercup are sitting on a new egg, and Daisy is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her new brother or sister. Days pass, and Daisy waits and waits . . . until she is finally awakened by a "Pip! Pip! Pip!" A story full of anticipation to which every older sibling can relate, Daisy and the Egg will surely be a hit with fans of this endearing duckling.

Daisy the duckling eagerly awaits the arrival of a new brother or sister, even helping Mama Duck sit on the egg while they wait for it to hatch.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sequel to Come Along, Daisy!, the winsome duckling is eagerly awaiting a sibling: Aunt Buttercup is sitting on an egg of Mama's as well as three of her own. But even after Daisy's cousins make their unprepossessing appearance ("Yuck! He's all wet!" Daisy exclaims when the first one hatches), Mama's egg remains intact. Daisy takes on the task of keeping it warm and is eventually rewarded: with a "Pip! Pip! Pip!" her younger brother struggles from his shell. Simmons's softly hued marsh is an uncommonly inviting venue, rendered in perspectives that suggest both the expansiveness of nature (Mama and Daisy rush across an open stretch of water toward Aunt Buttercup) and the intimacy of family life (reeds and cattails provide a cozy enclosure for the eggs and the drama of their hatching). And Daisy's engaging energy, optimism and affection shine through her actions, expressions and very posture. However, at points Mama seems oddly detached from her own egg ("Some eggs just don't hatch," she says casually, agreeing to join Daisy's vigil only "until morning") — a discordant note that diminishes the tale's overall childlike sensibility and warmth. Ages 3-7.
Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
Aunt Buttercup is sitting on eggs in the nest until they hatch. Daisy's duckling cousins emerge, but the egg that will be her sister or brother doesn't show signs of life. The mother duck advises her that "Some eggs just don't hatch." but Daisy won't accept that. Instead, she herself takes a turn on the huge egg, and that does the trick.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A disappointing follow-up to Come along, Daisy! (Little, Brown, 1998). Daisy's Aunt Buttercup is sitting on four eggs-three of her own white ones and "Mama's green one." Every day, Daisy takes her aunt food and checks on the eggs, putting her ear against the shells to listen to the chicks tapping inside. Before long, her cousins emerge, but the green egg remains intact. Mama Duck explains, "Some eggs just don't hatch," and encourages Daisy to leave it alone and go play, but the young duck refuses to abandon it. Finally, Mama returns and promises Daisy, "We'll sit together until morning." As the sun rises, they welcome Daisy's new brother. Simmons once again creates a lush pond environment filled with sparkling blues and greens. The tall grass makes a cozy home for the ducks and the angulation of the blades focuses the eye and provides an intimate setting for the nest scenes. Unfortunately, while the story captures Daisy's anticipation and excitement about a new sibling, it also raises many disturbing questions. Children will wonder why Mama Duck does not sit on her own egg, why it is green, and why she so nonchalantly gives up on it when it does not hatch. Unlike Come along, Daisy, which successfully mixes a little adventure with a reassuring message, this book only mixes messages.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Daisy, the duckling who learned a thing or two about paying attention in Come Along, Daisy! (1998), returns in a story of anticipation, persistence, and faith. This acceptably guileless creature enters situations without fear for the consequences; call it youth. Here she is helping her aunt and her mother tend to their eggs. The aunt's three ducklings hatch out, while the mother's green egg remains inert. Daisy hangs in there, lending her warm underbelly to the cause, even after her mother casually notes that 'some eggs just don't hatch." It is a long night for Daisy, but come morning, a new sibling emerges. Despite the heft of the issues, Simmons never allows them to get ponderous. The artwork is equally open-hearted, capturing Daisy's wait through a succession of lovely paintings that have a variety of entertaining, quite striking perspectives. (Picture book. Ages 3-7).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316738729
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 10.44 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Simmons is the author of Come Along, Daisy!, which was heralded by Booklist in a starred review as a "pleasure to read aloud to young children" and a picture book that "succeeds on many levels." Profiled in Publisher Weekly's "Flying Starts," Jane Simmons has lived in England, Australia, France, Uganda, Zambia, Malta, and Kuwait. A graduate of Anglia Poly University, in Cambridge, England, she currently lives on a wooden fishing boat in Cornwall, England, with two lovebirds, two dogs, and a chicken named Freda.

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