Baby Duck fans, rejoice -- your yellow-downed friend is back in action. This time, she's forced to part with her trusted blanket and learns that nothing is better than a warm, clean, and cozy blanket.
This touch-and-feel book allows readers to experience everything Baby Duck feels. Readers can pet Duck's soft yellow fur while reading about her sticky sorrows. When Mrs. Duck suggests it's time to wash the tattered possession kids can feel the oh-so-sticky jam on her blankie. Mrs. Duck says that Baby Duck can help. They put the clothes in a straw basket on their way to the washing machine. Kids are invited to stroke the weaves of the sturdy basket. Then it is Baby's turn to get clean, in a bath of bubbles and a squishy sponge that readers can also feel. "I am sad. I am mad. I want my cozy blanket!" she sings in the tub. After drying off with a fuzzy towel and looking at her clean reflection in the mirror, Baby Duck finally gets her blankie back. She sings "I am warm. I am dry. I love my cozy blanket!"
Featuring everyone's favorite duck, and a slew of very cool textures, this book allows young readers to identify with the worry of temporarily giving up a prized possession. Jill Barton's adorable illustrations of a loving mama and a feisty youngster will appeal to everyone. Amy Hest's text is short and sweet, completing this delightful and endearing Baby Duck dilemma. (Amy Barkat)