Ruby in Her Own Time

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Meet Ruby -- a little duckling who reaches big milestones in the heartwarming picture book gem.

Mother Duck and Father Duck are worried about Ruby. As the littlest duckling of the family, she learns to eat and swim long after her four sisters and brothers. Father Duck frets that Ruby will never catch up, but Mother Duck calmly reassures him that Ruby will flourish -- "in her own time."

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Overview

Meet Ruby -- a little duckling who reaches big milestones in the heartwarming picture book gem.

Mother Duck and Father Duck are worried about Ruby. As the littlest duckling of the family, she learns to eat and swim long after her four sisters and brothers. Father Duck frets that Ruby will never catch up, but Mother Duck calmly reassures him that Ruby will flourish -- "in her own time."

Readers of all ages who have ever felt like the biggest or the littlest, the slowest or the fastest, or somewhere in between, will root for Ruby as she takes wing toward independence, at last. Once you've met Ruby, you'll never forget her!

Ruby, the last of Mother Duck's and Father Duck's eggs to hatch, is slower to develop than her four siblings, until the day that she flies further and higher than any of them.

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Publishers Weekly
Emmett's (Bringing Down the Moon) cuddly tale stars a mother and father duck who lovingly watch over the five eggs in their nest until hatching time arrives. But when only four ducklings break out of their shells, Mother and Father Duck assure the feathered siblings that baby number five will arrive "in its own time." The patient parents never pressure their fifth-born to keep up with the others ("We'll call her Ruby... because she's small and precious," says her mother). And though she's late to the party in many respects, Ruby eventually catches up and soars beyond her siblings on bold wings. The sweet, comforting tone of Emmett's text will be as welcome as a favorite blanket at bedtime. Bearing a resemblance to Leo the Late Bloomer, the story conveys the mother's knowing, steadfast support of Ruby, even as Father Duck has a few doubts ("Will it ever hatch?" he asks, "Will she ever swim?"). Harry's (the Noisy Farm Babies board books; the Ella the Elephant board books) pastel illustrations, featuring fuzzy line-edges and warm, inviting tones, capture the brightness of a sunny day at the pond. And her fluffy ducklings are irresistible, sporting downy yellow feathers and wide orange beaks. All ages. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Mother duck steadfastly sat on five eggs through all kinds of weather. Four ducklings poked out of the shells at the same time, but the fifth one was delayed. Father Duck wanted to know if it would ever hatch and Mother Duck replied, "In its own time." Sure enough, Ruby, so named because she was small and precious, was born. These reassuring words are repeated again as Ruby learns to eat and swim. But when the littlest duck learns to fly, she soars above the others. There is a wonderful lesson about growth and development, as all children do not learn at the same time. Wonderful illustrations with soft and breezy colors beautifully capture the engaging duck family. The heartwarming story is sure to appeal to young children and educators will discover a valuable lesson to share. 2003, Scholastic Press/Scholastic, Ages 4 to 8.
—Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Two ducks watch over their five eggs, four of which hatch at the same time. Mother Duck tells Father Duck that the fifth one will hatch "in its own time." Eventually, the shell cracks and tiny Ruby enters the world. She tackles all tasks at her own pace, including eating and swimming. However, when it comes time for the siblings to stretch their wings, Ruby soars the farthest and highest. One day, she flies away, and her mother reassures her father that their child will return, once again, in her own time. When she does come home, Ruby is accompanied by her own mate and ducklings. This charming book celebrates an individual's determination and sense of self. The pacing of the rhythmic text is ideal for family storytimes that include youngsters of varying ages. Harry's soft, pastel paintings are gentle and appealing. They are slightly textured, suggesting the look of feathers, nests, and river reeds. Ruby flaps her wings to her own drummer and astute readers will recognize her parents' strength as they provide the necessary time and space for her to accomplish her goals.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Reminiscent of a well-known tale, Ruby, the youngest of five ducklings, in her own time, learns what her siblings learn first: hatch, eat, swim, and take wing. Throughout the story Father Duck asks, "Will she ever . . . ?" "She will, in her own time," replies Mother Duck. The story comes full circle when Mother Duck asks, "Will she ever come back?" It's Father Duck who replies, "In her own time." And Ruby does, with a brood of her own, as Mother and Father Duck proudly look on. Soft-edged forms and pastels create characters that mirror the lyrical language and calm tone of the story. Animal gestures are vividly illustrated as Ruby plops out of the egg or braves fierce winds and rain. Children will love the repetition and simple language. Adults will appreciate the reassuring and timeless message of honoring one's own rhythm in growing up. This message is not new, yet has a freshness and life all its own. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439579155
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2006

    A baby duck does it her way

    A really sweet book with lovely illustrations. The story is inspiring. A baby duck does things more slowly than her siblings, but mother duck is confident that Ruby will do everything 'in her own time,' and she does. My daughter made us read it over and over until she had it memorized.

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