Make the Team, Baby Duck!

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Will Baby Duck take the plunge? Amy Hest and Jill Barton team up swimmingly for a new Baby Duck episode - with enough humor and heart to reassure the most hesitant of little ones.

Baby Duck longs to join the swimming team. But she won’t go in the water - no matter how cheerfully Mrs. Duck trills or how earnestly Mr. Duck clucks. Luckily, Grampa comes wandering by with his new towel, and Grampa always knows what to say to make Baby Duck feel ...

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Overview

Will Baby Duck take the plunge? Amy Hest and Jill Barton team up swimmingly for a new Baby Duck episode - with enough humor and heart to reassure the most hesitant of little ones.

Baby Duck longs to join the swimming team. But she won’t go in the water - no matter how cheerfully Mrs. Duck trills or how earnestly Mr. Duck clucks. Luckily, Grampa comes wandering by with his new towel, and Grampa always knows what to say to make Baby Duck feel better - and braver. Maybe she’ll be brave enough to line up her fine, strong feet on the edge of the pool and jump right in!

When Baby Duck is not sure she is ready to get into the pool with the swim team, her grandfather encourages her.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Baby Duck is back, and only Grandpa can coax her off the sidelines to help her conquer her fear of water and achieve her dream in Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The all-appealing, ever-fearful Baby Duck is back in a sweet, familiar tale that will resonate with readers. This time Baby Duck is unready to take the plunge and swim in the pool. For one thing, her arms might tire, making her swim slowly; for another, she could very well swallow water and need to cough. On the swim team, however, is where Baby Duck wants to be. Once again, Grampa comes along, shares his towel and cheers on his granddaughter to finally dive in. Champions sometimes tire and swim slowly, Baby Duck learns; champions sometimes swallow water and cough. As always, the bright, cheery, child-friendly watercolor illustrations draw the reader in, making Baby Duck's experience real and immediate. The close-ups of Baby Duck and Grampa endearingly capture their friendship; the swim team itself is gloriously suited up. Baby Duck is a winner, in her honesty and courage, much like Edward in Rosemary Wells' Edward the Unready series. 2002, Candlewick Press,
— Esther Hershenhorn
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Hesitant Baby Duck is back, with all her insecurities. She watches the swim team having fun, but is reluctant to jump into the water with other youngsters. Grandpa Duck comes to the rescue again, with his wise words that inspire her to have confidence in herself. She jumps into the town pool and, to her surprise, she swims amazingly well. The large, brightly colored pictures of the loving relationship between grandfather and granddaughter and of the ducks in their bathing attire make this an entertaining and reassuring offering for summer storytimes or one-on-one sharing.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Dipping her toes into the pool, Baby Duck longs to make the swim team, but she needs some encouragement before she is ready to jump in. Even watching as her father swims his long strokes across the pool and listening to her mother as she offers words of encouragement, Baby cannot bring herself to hop into the water. Baby Duck's song sums up her fears. "But I'm a slowly swimmer. My arms get tired . . . What if I swallow water?" Luckily, Grampa arrives to offer some company and some observations on Baby Duck's possibilities. Taking his time, he reasons that even the best swimmers get tired and sometimes even swallow a bit of water. The kind words of experience give Baby Duck the confidence to curl her toes over the side of the pool and hop in to join the rest of the team as they swim laps. Now she has a new song: "Swim, swim, swim. I like and love my Grampa." Pencil-and-watercolor illustrations on oversized pages are as droll as the text, depicting ducks clad in bathing suits, swim caps, and goggles as they bounce and splash through the water. Young readers will recognize Baby Duck's fears and be inspired by her bravery to take the plunge with her in her latest outing. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763615413
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Baby Duck Books! Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 12.38 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Hest is the award-winning author of more than twenty books for young readers, including the much-loved Baby Duck series. "In these stories, Mr. and Mrs. Duck tend to say all the things I wish I had never said to my own children," the author confesses. "And Grampa Duck says all the things I wish I had said to them."

Jill Barton has collaborated with Amy Hest on all the Baby Duck books, and her charming visual humor has helped win the series numerous awards. Of MAKE THE TEAM, BABY DUCK! she says, "I was trying to decide whether Grampa had come to swim or whether he had just come to see Baby Duck, so at first he wasn’t suited up. It was putting Grampa into his silly, old-fashioned ‘swimming costume’ that really made the book fizz for me."

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