Wow! It's Great Being a Duck

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Lillee was the last to hatch and the smallest and skinniest of the ducklings. Her older brothers and sisters all went into the pond and swam at once. But Lillee doesn't want to take her feet off the ground! She'll drown if she goes into the water! Her mother warns her about Furry-legs, Long-tail, Sharp-snout, Pink-tongue Fox who will gobble her up if she can't swim. But Lillee is going to practice walking instead! And off she marches into the dark, green forest.

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Overview

Lillee was the last to hatch and the smallest and skinniest of the ducklings. Her older brothers and sisters all went into the pond and swam at once. But Lillee doesn't want to take her feet off the ground! She'll drown if she goes into the water! Her mother warns her about Furry-legs, Long-tail, Sharp-snout, Pink-tongue Fox who will gobble her up if she can't swim. But Lillee is going to practice walking instead! And off she marches into the dark, green forest.

This comic story with its hilarious illustrations mounts in suspense as a wily stranger Lillee meets shows her the best things to eat to fatten her up. Her adventures while she's hampered by a piece of eggshell that partly covers her eyes will keep small children half-worried and wholly entertained. How Lillee finally learns to swim and fly is a triumph young readers will share.

Lillee, the last to hatch and the smallest of the ducklings, would rather walk than learn to swim.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review of this story of a "duck who marches to her own drummer," PW said, "The tale's sweet sensibility is spiked with sly whimsy, evident both in Rankin's pert prose and her blithe watercolors." Ages 4-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Lillee is the last and smallest of the new baby ducks. When her older brothers and sisters encourage her to swim, she declines, saying she would rather walk on land. Her mother cautions her about Furry-legs, Long-tail, Sharp-snout, Pink-tongue Fox but Lillee goes blithely walking into the forest. She meets a furry fellow who is more than willing to help fatten her up. While Lillee doesn't recognize him right away (most likely due to the partial eggshell atop her head that limits her vision) young readers will quickly identify him. The jaunty telling and equally lively illustrations join together for a delightful tale. The soft greens and yellows and the humorous cartoon-style illustrations will engage young readers. The story reads aloud very well. It has just the right combination of tension and humor for the age group. 2001, Aladdin Paperbacks, $16.00 and $5.99. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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PreS-Gr 1Lillee, the littlest and last-hatched duckling, refuses to join her siblings in the water, preferring to travel on foot instead. Still wearing a piece of eggshell like a cap, she sets out through the forest. Her vision is so impaired by this shell hat that she cannot see up. Therefore, although warned by her mother about foxes, she does not recognize the furry-legged creature who leads her to delicious food and urges her to eat up and get plump. Ultimately, as she grows bigger, the shell rises on her head, and she sees the fox in all his wicked greed. Immediately, she learns to run, fly, and swim and soon is leading a normal duck life in a safe environment. The bright, brisk narrative is easy to read yet filled with vivid words. The accompanying cartoon watercolors, lively and funny, in all sizes and positions throughout the text, and the type in various sizes and styles, complement perfectly the sparkling story.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689817564
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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