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Children's LiteratureFlora McQuack is a good-hearted duck whose only wish is to hatch an egg. Her maternal instincts drive her to be envious of even the rude McPeck sisters who have laid their own eggs and spend their time keeping them warm. So when Flora comes across a lonely egg on the lake's edge, she immediately sits on it, determined to raise her own little duck. Months pass and the seasons change as she patiently waits until finally the egg shows signs of life. Only instead of a duck as Flora expected, a completely different creature comes into the world. Regardless of their differences, the newborn accepts Flora as its mother, and she begins teaching it how to swim, for starters. Bright, textured art flourishes on the pages, which are full of illustrations that are peppered with animated details of life on the lake. This title is a Green Level in the "Read-it! Readers" series. 2005 (orig. 2002), Picture Window Books, Ages 5 to 7.
—Cherie Ilg Haas