Lucky Ducklings

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An engaging and charming true rescue story illustrated by a Christopher Award winner!

Early one morning, Mama Duck takes her babies for a walk. They follow safely behind her as they leave their pond, waddle through the park, and stop in the little sunlit town's parking lot for yummy breakfast.
But one by one, Mama's little ducklings get separated when they disappear into the slats of the town's storm drain. How three firemen and a pickup truck...

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Overview


An engaging and charming true rescue story illustrated by a Christopher Award winner!

Early one morning, Mama Duck takes her babies for a walk. They follow safely behind her as they leave their pond, waddle through the park, and stop in the little sunlit town's parking lot for yummy breakfast.
But one by one, Mama's little ducklings get separated when they disappear into the slats of the town's storm drain. How three firemen and a pickup truck rush to their rescue makes for a vivid and exciting drama that children will return to over and over again.
Award-winning artist Nancy Carpenter and veteran author Eva Moore have created a delightful new classic with an inspiring environmental message.

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At first, it seems like a typical morning. Mama Duck takes her ducklings to the pond; then to the park; and finally to the parking lot. It is there that everything goes wrong: One by one, Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin, and Little Joe all go missing, little victims of open drainage slats. Fortunately, firemen and a truck driver come to the rescue, restoring peace to Mama Duck's happily quaking brood. (P.S. This story by veteran author Eva Moore and award-winning illustrator Nancy Carpenter is based on a true story. Honest.)

The New York Times Book Review - Pamela Paul
[A] deserving heir to Robert McCloskey…An unabashedly adorable caper, this crowd-pleaser already feels like a classic.
Publishers Weekly
Carpenter’s warm, retro spreads salute McCloskey in what might turn out to be this generation’s duckling rescue story. Seeing public officials put civic machinery to work to save baby animals is every bit as charming today as it was 70 years ago. “Help!” cries a woman who sees five pint-size ducklings follow their mother across a storm drain and disappear through the grate one by one. “Call the fire department!” Carpenter (Heroes of the Surf) supplies a ducklings’-eye view of their wait in the darkness as curious faces stare down at them. The firefighters can’t budge the drain cover, but a truck driver named Perry drags it off so they can free “Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin... and last of all, Little Joe,” who await their mother in a handy bucket of water. The rescue depicted actually took place on Long Island in 2000; Moore enlivens the account with engaging narrative devices, repeating the duckling’s rhyming names and punctuating the story with “Oh, dear! That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t.” It’s worthy of its predecessor, and a welcome sequel of sorts. Ages 5–7. (Feb.)
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"Carpenter’s warm, retro spreads salute McCloskey in what might turn out to be this generation’s duckling rescue story. Seeing public officials put civic machinery to work to save baby animals is every bit as charming today as it was 70 years ago. “Help!” cries a woman who sees five pint-size ducklings follow their mother across a storm drain and disappear through the grate one by one. “Call the fire department!” Carpenter (Heroes of the Surf) supplies a ducklings’-eye view of their wait in the darkness as curious faces stare down at them. The firefighters can’t budge the drain cover, but a truck driver named Perry drags it off so they can free “Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin... and last of all, Little Joe,” who await their mother in a handy bucket of water. The rescue depicted actually took place on Long Island in 2000; Moore enlivens the account with engaging narrative devices, repeating the duckling’s rhyming names and punctuating the story with “Oh, dear! That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t.” It’s worthy of its predecessor, and a welcome sequel of sorts." - Publishers Weekly starred review

This stunning book depicts an incident that took place in Montauk, Long Island (NY). Mama Duckling swims to shore one day, followed by her five offspring: Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin, and Little Joe. (Guess who’s the one who lags behind to watch a butterfly or check out a big red berry.) The homey village seems like a fine place for a walk–but for diminutive ducklings, there are unforeseen hazards. Luckily, there are also watchful, resourceful villagers to rescue the little creatures when they all fall through a storm drain in the street. The language is melodic: “The Duck family lived in a pretty pond in a green, green park, in a sunlit little town at the end of a long, long island.” It’s dramatic: “Mama Duck came running after him. ‘Whack! Whack! Whack!’ she cried. ‘Bring my babies back!’” It’s comically suspenseful: “Oh, dear! That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t, because….” Carpenter, a gifted and powerfully versatile illustrator, fills the book with beauty, humor, and a delicious variety of perspectives. Her style here has a sweet old-fashioned spirit–a touch of Robert McCloskey, but more visually arresting. Writer and artist have conspired to give children a sure-to-be classic that they’re sure to love.– School Library Journal starred review, Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

Mama Duck and her little ducklings are headed off for a walk when an accident happens: as the ducklings follow their mother onto a paved street, one by one they fall through the openings in a storm drain grate. A witness calls the fire department, and Fireman Paul heads down into the drain and rescues each duckling. Fireman Joe is about to carry the babies off in a bucket, but Mama Duck makes such a fuss that Fireman Dennis stops traffic in order to allow Mama Duck to lead her ducklings across the road herself, and a happy ending finds Mama and babies safely back in their own pond in the park. Based on a real event that happened in Montauk, New York in 2000, Moore’s story is simply but dramatically told, and repetition of a few key phrases (“That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t, because . . .”) will help young listeners focus on the pivotal plot points. The satisfying storyline of a mother and babies separated and reunited is one to which many young children will easily relate, and the ducks themselves have enormous visual appeal. Carpenter’s illustrations, rendered in charcoal and digital media with a warm, earth-toned palette, are large and impressive in their artistry; the masterful compositions feature creative perspectives, peering up through the grate with the ducklings or looking down on their doomed trip across the grate. This makes a natural partner for Tafuri’s Have You Seen My Duckling? as well as a fine lead-in to the lengthier text of McCloskey’s classic Make Way for Ducklings.  JH - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

Children's Literature - Miranda McClain
Mama duck has all her ducklings in a row as she ventures from the safety of the park out into the world beyond, but they do not stay that way for long. The five adorable baby ducks soon find themselves in a tragic state of affairs when they fall, one by one, through the grates in a storm drain. What ensues is a touching, true story about how the surrounding witnesses and a handful of firemen work together to save them. The charming, vibrant illustrations add warmth and dimension in a style that captures the personality and emotions of all those involved, above all the anxious Mama duck as she watches the men attempt to rescue her family and is finally reunited with her auspicious brood. Readers may be reminded of Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings and this most recent and more colorful duck tale has all the makings of becoming another children's classic. Reviewer: Miranda McClain
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This stunning book depicts an incident that took place in Montauk, Long Island (NY). Mama Duckling swims to shore one day, followed by her five offspring: Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin, and Little Joe. (Guess who's the one who lags behind to watch a butterfly or check out a big red berry.) The homey village seems like a fine place for a walk-but for diminutive ducklings, there are unforeseen hazards. Luckily, there are also watchful, resourceful villagers to rescue the little creatures when they all fall through a storm drain in the street. The language is melodic: "The Duck family lived in a pretty pond in a green, green park, in a sunlit little town at the end of a long, long island." It's dramatic: "Mama Duck came running after him. 'Whack! Whack! Whack!' she cried. 'Bring my babies back!'" It's comically suspenseful: "Oh, dear! That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn't, because…." Carpenter, a gifted and powerfully versatile illustrator, fills the book with beauty, humor, and a delicious variety of perspectives. Her style here has a sweet old-fashioned spirit-a touch of Robert McCloskey, but more visually arresting. Writer and artist have conspired to give children a sure-to-be classic that they're sure to love.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Based on events that occurred in Montauk, N.Y., in 2000, this title begins when Mama and her five little ducks go for a walk. A surprising fall leads to a dramatic rescue and this endearing story that's sure to warm hearts for years to come. Moore chooses straightforward, rhythmic language that engages young readers. "Mama Duck swam to shore. She hopped out onto the grass. Right behind her came Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin…and last of all…Little Joe." The family walks through the park, stops for "a bite to eat" and goes on their way. When Mama crosses a storm drain, her little ones follow. Unfortunately the slats in the drain are quite wide, and each duckling falls in. "That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn't, because…" each time all seems lost for the ducklings, a concerned citizen becomes involved in a step that leads to their eventual rescue. Carpenter uses charcoal and digital media to create illustrations that have a distinctly retro appeal that enhances this classic-feeling tale. From the ducklings'-eye view of alarmed people peering through the grate to the traffic-stopping moment when Mama and her babies are reunited, young ones will be enticed by the events on every page. Although inevitably and consciously reminiscent of Make Way for Ducklings, this book impresses all on its own with its fine design, compelling story, expressive images and gentle environmental message. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439448611
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 79,433
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 11.52 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Eva Moore has been writing and editing children's books for more than forty years. She is the beloved author of many popular books, and lives in Montauk, New York.

Nancy Carpenter is the celebrated illustrator of more than thirty books for children. Her unique multimedia approach to illustration has garnered numerous honors, including two Christopher Awards and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Ms. Carpenter lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Great Read-Aloud for Primary Students!

    Reminiscent of McCloskey's "Make Way for Ducklings," this book has large illustrations, which supplement the action of the story. The relatively short text has an easy-to-join-in refrain, and a heartwarming storyline that draws the audience in, all of which make it perfect for sharing with a group of young children. Older primary-grade students will enjoy comparing and contrasting it to "Make Way for Ducklings."

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Charming, Kid Friendly

    A warm story, based on a true incident, appropriate for preschoolers. Fun to read aloud.

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