It’s a long way down. Will they jump?If you were born high up in a tree, would you jump to the ground? That’s what Wood Ducks are supposed to do, but three little ducklings aren’t so sure. Mama Wood Duck calls for them to come, but her babies just won’t budge! Will they find their courage when Mama tells them all about a Wood Duck’s wonderful life?Internationally recognized children’s author Marion Dane Bauer weaves a delightful tale that’s both quirky and cute, while acclaimed nature photographer Stan Tekiela brings the story to life with engaging photographs of Wood Ducks in action. Stan and Marion’s first three picture books are all award winners, and Jump, Little Wood Ducks is another heartwarming story, based on Wood Duck behavior.
About the Author
Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than 100 books for young people. She has won numerous awards, including an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for her novel On My Honor. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages. Naturalist and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela is the author of more than 175 field guides, nature books, children’s books, wildlife audio CDs, puzzles and playing cards. He has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs.
Read an Excerpt
“Jump, my pretty ducklings,” Mama says.
“See the trees, the flowers, the butterflies?
See your handsome papa on the pond?
Jump into the big, beautiful world.”
says the second duckling. The last duckling just whispers, “Uh-uh.”“Jump, my hungry ducklings,” says Mama.
“Think about water bugs. Think water lilies, smartweed,
sweet flag. It’s time for you to eat.” “Not so very hungry,” says duckling number one. “How about breakfast in bed?” says the second duckling. The last duckling just whispers, “Uh-uh.”Mama walks back and forth, back and forth at the bottom of the tree.
The brothers and sisters walk back and forth, too. “If you don’t jump,” Mama says at last,
“you will never, ever, ever learn to fly.” “Who wants to do that?” cries duckling number one. “Our wings are much too small,” says the second duckling. The last duckling just flaps those tiny wings and says,
“FLY! I’VE WANTED TO FLY SINCE I WAS AN EGG!”“Go!” cries the last duckling,
and the first ducklingjumpsfromthenest.