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Like many spirited toddlers we know, Daisy the duck is a youngster who's had her share of exciting escapades. This time, she's in a big jam when she and brother Pip almost lose Mama Duck and Aunt Lily!
Author-illustrator Jane Simmons bring us a cautionary, yet playful, tale starring the adorable duckling. Daisy and Pip love visiting Aunt Lily's house -- with lots of bees and birds to chase, it's great fun. The two quack and quack at mice, fish, and even a balloon. But all their eeeking, splashing, and banging has chased everyone all away. Aunt Lily suggests they all go to the pond, where they can be as loud as they want. They join the rest of the ducks as they quack for pieces of bread. Daisy and Pip have fun playing and munching on moist bread. But a sudden flurry of ducks racing for bread sweeps them along -- and they can't find Mama anywhere. They cry for her, but their little quacks are barely audible over the noise around them. After several tries, Daisy puts her heart into it and takes "the deepest breath ever." "MAMA!" she shouts, loud enough to bring the pond to silence. Mama and Aunt Lily break through the crowd and find the ducklings. Mama Duck is beaming with pride at Daisy's stellar voice. All four ducks head back to Aunt Lily's "for a very, very quiet afternoon."
Daisy, this charming little duck, with her trademark (beaked ) grin and cuddly bright yellow down, will captivate youngsters. Her high-energy spirit and playful romps through life's journey will inspire youngsters. Of course sometimes her adventurous acts get her in a bit of trouble...but hey, that's the fun part! Text is light and perfectly spaced on every page. Kids can easily follow the words and pictures. Illustrations are wonderfully gentle and cheery, and soft edges make the images glow in each spread. Simmons captures the innocence and light-hearted fun of young ducklings with Daisy and Pip. Their sweet features and Daisy's adorable big orange legs are fabulous reminders of all that is precious. (Amy Barkat)