Peep Leap

Peep Leap

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by Elizabeth Verdick, John Bendall-Brunello
     
 

In the hollow of a tree, higher than the eye can see...nine wood ducks hatch, one by one. “That’s good!” says Mama. “We’re almost done.” One last egg is very still.... Finally, the smallest egg hatches. Then it’s time for all the wood ducks to make the BIG jump from the tree—where their mother made her nest—to the

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In the hollow of a tree, higher than the eye can see...nine wood ducks hatch, one by one. “That’s good!” says Mama. “We’re almost done.” One last egg is very still.... Finally, the smallest egg hatches. Then it’s time for all the wood ducks to make the BIG jump from the tree—where their mother made her nest—to the water below. Ducklings One through Nine make the leap. But Duckling Ten isn’t so sure!

This adorable counting book highlights the giant leap that wood ducks must make on their second day in the world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
High up in a tree nine baby wood ducks have hatched from their egg, but the smallest, tenth egg is very still. When the egg finally hatches a timid baby duck emerges. The next morning Mama soars into the pond and calls for her babies to join her. One by one all of the babies safely fall into the pond. All, that is, except for the tenth duck who is scared and shaking. With Mama's support, however, the baby makes the gentle leap. This simple story is told entirely in rhyme. Young children will have fun counting the ducks as each one leaps from the tree. They will also enjoy the surprise of discovering whether or not the tenth baby duck is brave enough to make the jump. It takes a bit of coaxing before the tenth duckling joins the others. The beautiful illustrations in this picture book were made using watercolor and colored pencils. This, combined with the sweet story, is sure to make this a book that young children will want to hear over and over. The book concludes with a note from the author that explains how wood ducks often build their nests in trees near water. This book may be useful for helping to teach young children simple counting and also for introducing any primary level curriculum on spring weather or animal habitats. Reviewer: Denise Daley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477816400
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Pages:
28
Sales rank:
708,884
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Peep Leap 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a rhyming picture book with an emphasis on courage and counting, yes, but "Peep Leap" also serves as a gateway for very young readers into nonfiction as well. The multi-layered story chronicles the second day in the lives of baby wood ducks, a quack-less breed that builds its nest high in the trees. The ducklings must jump from their high nests onto the ground or water below, because their wings are not yet developed. This is a big, scary deal to the last duckling, and will surely inspire an emotional connection with a young reader who can relate to such feelings. An author's note at the end of the book gives a simple background of the breed, which may satisfy a young reader's interest or encourage them to learn more. Perfect for parents, teachers and librarians looking for fun stories to introduce science to little ones.