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Little Chicken Duck

Little Chicken Duck

by Tim Beiser, Bill Slavin
     
 

In a pond so deep and chilly sat a frog upon a lily,
Catching flies the size he'd never seen before.
All at once, he started chuckling at a fluffy yellow duckling
Shaking shyly on the sand along the shore.

     And so begins the charming story of Little Chicken Duck, whose fear of water prevents her

Overview

In a pond so deep and chilly sat a frog upon a lily,
Catching flies the size he'd never seen before.
All at once, he started chuckling at a fluffy yellow duckling
Shaking shyly on the sand along the shore.

     And so begins the charming story of Little Chicken Duck, whose fear of water prevents her from learning to swim. Taken under Froggie's wing, she is brought into the forest clearing, where each of the birds, in turn, confesses their deepest fear and how they came to terms with it. Armed with their stories of bravery and Froggie's support, Little Chicken Duck, "feeling cheerful, brave, and plucky," is finally able to overcome her fear of water and swim in the pond.

     This heartwarming tale in rhyme is lovingly illustrated by the playful, enchanting illustrations by artist Bill Slavin.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog

"The story is told in a lyrical style which will definitely appeal to young children. The rhythm, rhyme, and vivid descriptions make the story come to life....Rachel Berman...uses magical images to illuminate the text and to engage readers in the story in wonderful ways!" - Highly Recommended from CM Magazine

Set in rhyme, these verses prove to be quite strong, always scanning perfectly without seeming strained. ... Berman's palette tends to darker hues, which serves the tale well when the story is located in McGogg's bog... An amusing tale, indeed." - Kirkus Reviews

"Bradley McGogg is indeed a very fine frog and young readers will delight in his foolish antics." - Resource Links

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Beiser tells the charming tale of fearful Ducky, whose mother never taught her to swim, in delightful internally rhyming verse. A helpful frog decides to take Ducky to the forest where others can offer helpful advice. There, first an owl, then a lark, a robin, a cuckoo, several quails, and an eagle all vividly recall their childhood fears and how they overcame them. Ducky listens and learns. "And so now our little Ducky, feeling cheerful, brave, and plucky,/ Couldn't wait to waddle back to Froggie's pad." There they happily swim together, until the frog tells the funniest story of all. Slavin's fully developed, single and double page, acrylic paintings of the naturalistic animals and plants emphasize comic actions and details of the visual part of the reassuring story. The rich illustrations and page designs plus the jolly verse encourage rereading. There is an attractive poster on the back of the jacket. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770493926
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
11/26/2013
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Los Angeles, Tim Beiser lived in New York City for many years, where he wrote plays and science-fiction short stories while working as an emergency medical technician for the Fire Department of New York. Now living in Toronto, he is an award-winning journalist who has written for many of Canada's leading publications. His first two books for children, Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog and Miss Mousie's Blind Date, were published to much critical acclaim. Tim Beiser divides his time between Toronto, Canada, and Grignan, France. The author lives in Toronto, Canada & Grignan, France.

Bill Slavin has illustrated more than seventy books for children, including The Big Book of Canada by Christopher Moore; It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph and All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine by Monica Kulling, the first two books in Tundra's Great Idea Series; and the upcoming Pandemic Survival: It's Why You're Alive by Ann Love & Jane Drake. He has won the Amelia-Frances Howard Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Children's Choice Award, and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature, among many others.

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