Off to School, Baby Duck

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"Hest and Barton treat their subject with understanding, compassion, and gentle humor... Don't miss out on this one." —SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

It's the first day of kindergarten and Baby Duck's stomach is all jitters. She loves the important things inside her new school bag: her favorite book, a jam sandwich, a pad of paper, and a yellow pencil. But what if her teacher is mean? What if she won't have any fun? Or any friends? And who will buckle her new school ...

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Overview

"Hest and Barton treat their subject with understanding, compassion, and gentle humor... Don't miss out on this one." —SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

It's the first day of kindergarten and Baby Duck's stomach is all jitters. She loves the important things inside her new school bag: her favorite book, a jam sandwich, a pad of paper, and a yellow pencil. But what if her teacher is mean? What if she won't have any fun? Or any friends? And who will buckle her new school shoes? As always, Grandpa Duck knows just what to say and do to help Baby Duck feel braver.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baby Duck experiences the fear of the first day of school, but with a little help from Grampa, everything turns out okay in the end.

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Sesame Street Parents
Baby Duck has the jitters about the first day of school. She can't eat breakfast. She hides under the table with the schoolbag she loves. Grampa is the only one who really understands. He comforts her and helps her get to know the smiling teacher, Miss Posy. As in all the popular Baby Duck Stories, this book's oversize cartoonish drawings of the Duck family are funny and expressive.
Children's Literature
Baby Duck is back and trying to brave her first day of school. She's too nervous to eat breakfast, her school bag bumps along the road, her shoe buckle comes undone on the long walk to school, she's afraid that her teacher will be mean and that she won't have any fun or friends. But once again understanding Grampa comes to her rescue. He is waiting just outside the school to listen to her problems, buckle her shoe and help her see her day in a new light. By the time Baby Duck's baby sister is crying her good-byes, Baby Duck has the confidence to go to school and has already met one possible new friend. Barton's soft colored, gentle illustrations are, as always, a treat. Young readers will delight in the tiny, loving details that she incorporates into the story.
Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Apprehensive Baby Duck is helped through an intimidating new experience by her loving family in this reassuring remedy for first-day jitters. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Baby Duck's new adventure uses the now-familiar format to handle a common childhood fear with uncommon grace and humor. Baby is understandably nervous on the first day of school, even though her mother assures her that she is "big and brave." Her parents and little sister blithely lead the way to school, as she drags behind. Baby's ever-attentive Grampa waits in the schoolyard, ready as always with just the right questions and confidence boosts she needs. As she shows him all the important things in her school bag, her worries begin to melt away. Grampa even double-checks a few things with the teacher, Miss Posy: "Are you mean? Do you sing songs in that schoolhouse? Do you like sandwiches with jam, and yellow pencils?" And so, fears allayed, Baby Duck skips off to school. Hest and Barton treat their subject with understanding, compassion, and gentle humor. The large, bright pictures make this an ideal storytime book, and the detailed expressions make the characters' emotions from Baby's initial hesitation to Grampa's careful listening come to life. No matter how many going-to-school books you already have, don't miss out on this one. Kathleen M. Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763602444
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: Baby Duck Books! Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.09 (w) x 12.07 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Hest says, "It's been a long time since I was a schoolgirl, but I STILL remember those first-day blues. Knots in my stomach, and all those secret worries. Would I have a friend? Would my teacher like me? If only I could just stay at home...Of course, I wasn't ALLOWED to stay home. Those grownups were so bossy, sending me off with a kiss and chopped-egg sandwich. 'Off to school, Amy Lynn!' Funny, I really liked school, maybe even loved school, once I got rid of those first-day blues."

Jill Barton says that the illustrations for the Baby Duck books, "indeed all my books, have been influenced by my own memories. My illustrations are laden with pickles and fruit and jam in neatly labeled jars, with fields and farms, ducks and pigs and horses and cats and dogs, and with farmers in bowler hats and flowered waistcoats, looking suspiciously like my Grandpa."

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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