Have You Seen My Duckling?

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An anxious mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling. "Aesthetically pleasing, geared to the preschooler's point of view...as fresh as spring."—Horn Book.

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"I remember drawing at a very early age. I loved it. And my parents and teachers told me I was good at it — that made me love it all the more.

"I also loved books, and the ones I was lucky enough to own were reread, looked at over and over, and regarded with great ...

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Overview

An anxious mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling. "Aesthetically pleasing, geared to the preschooler's point of view...as fresh as spring."—Horn Book.

Author Biography:

"I remember drawing at a very early age. I loved it. And my parents and teachers told me I was good at it — that made me love it all the more.

"I also loved books, and the ones I was lucky enough to own were reread, looked at over and over, and regarded with great respect. To me "great respect" meant that I took them everywhere, and the ones I still own prove it. They're brimming with all the telltale signs of true love: dog-eared pages, fingerprints on my favorite illustrations, my name and address inscribed on both front and back covers in inch-high crayon lettering, and the faint smell of stale peanut butter on the bindings. I wondered about authors and illustrators back then — What did they look like? Where did they live? Did they have families? How old were they? —but I never imagined that one day I would be one myself.

"I became an author-illustrator when I was nineteen years old. I flew from my home in Racine, Wisconsin, to New York City with my portfolio, hoping to find a publisher. And magically enough Susan Hirschman at Greenwillow Books made my dream come true. My first picture book, All Alone, was published in 1981. Since then I've written and illustrated many picture books and written several novels. I like the variety of trying new ways to fill the pages between two covers. Experimenting with words and paint and ink keeps my job interesting.

"I used to live with my parents and brothers and sister andwork at a card table in my bedroom. Now I live with my wife and son in our own house and work at a drawing table in my own studio. I never thought I'd be lucky enough to be a real author and illustrator. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

Kevin Henkes lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Sun & Spoon is his twenty-third book for children; all were published by Greenwillow Books. His novels include Protecting Marie and Words of Stone. Among his picture books are Owen, a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book; Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse; and Julius, the Baby of the World. In Her Own Words...

"It's a wonderful thing being able to go through your life doing exactly what you want to be doing—that's how I feel about both the writing and illustrating of children's books. To know that youngsters will be eager to turn the pages of a book that I have helped form gives me a strong sense of accomplishment and pleasure.

"I adored snuggling up to my mother while she would read (or I read to her) the same favorites over and over. Maybe that, coupled with crayons and endless hours of coloring and the love of nature, has helped form my destined fate.

"I entered the School of Visual Arts to study children's book illustration, though only one course really dealt with the subject itself. The other courses were related, combining graphics, type, painting, etc. I learned enough to know that I had better prepare myself for a graphicsrelated career because you just don't walk out and become a children's book illustrator. It's something that I found I had to work a very long time to achieve.

"In the interim, my husband, Tom, and I formed a graphic design studio, dealing with book jacket design (both trade and paper), photography, logo and movie design. I won't include all my growing pains with children's books but only mention the ultimate highlight. It was when, after numerous rejections-and a great deal of effort—I walked into the offices of Greenwillow and was greeted with smiles, had my portfolio reviewed, and was handed a manuscript.

"It was to me a now-or-never situation and I was petrified. The manuscript was The Piney Woods Peddler. Tom modeled for the peddler, and I spent some months in a stone mill in Millback, Pennsylvania. It was a perfect backdrop for the book, and many of the town residents are pictured.

"So much has passed since then, but a part of me still reacts the same every time I sit down at the drawing board to start a new book. It's that exuberance that comes over me, making every book just like the first one, even after thirty-five books and twenty years.

"My vision has grown since my daughter, Cristina, was born, because I see firsthand how important the early years are. I hope that the feelings I try to project within my booksthrough line, color, shape, and story- will make a difference to some young lives."

A mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Nancy Tafuri. . . always manages to flavor her splendid pictures with humor and interesting detail.
Ney York Times Book Review
Nancy Tafuri...always manages to flavor her splendid pictures with humor and interesting detail.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688027971
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1984
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 624,145
  • Age range: 2 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Tafuri's acclaimed picture books for the youngest child include the Caldecott Honor Book Have You Seen My Duckling?; Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails; I love you, Little One; and In the Snow, written by Sharon Phillips Denslow. She lives with her family in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Nancy Tafuri's acclaimed picture books for the youngest child include the Caldecott Honor Book Have You Seen My Duckling?; Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails; I love you, Little One; and In the Snow, written by Sharon Phillips Denslow. She lives with her family in Roxbury, Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Cute story

    In this story one of the baby ducks wonders off chasing a butterfly. When the mommy duck comes to check on her babies she notices she is missing one. The mommy duck and the other baby ducks wonder through the pond asking others, ¿Have you seen my duckling?¿ but no one has seen the missing baby duck. Every person that the mommy duck runs into she asks them, ¿Have you seen my duckling?¿ but no one has seen the duckling. In the end the mommy duck finds her missing baby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2006

    A Great First Book

    The beautiful illustrations in this book tell more of the story then the simple and only words of have you seen my duckling. Young children not yet reading can easily tell the story of the little duckling who has strayed from his mother by using the illustrations. This book is also a wonderful book to use with very beginning readers in that it gives them confidence and early reading success in the repetitive nature of the text.

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