I'm a Duck [hc]
Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Will Hillenbrand [Ohio]
Sometimes it takes a lot to get your webbed feet wet! An adorable picture book makes a splash with a satisfying story about conquering your fears.
I cannot swim, and that is bad.
A landlocked duck is very sad.
One day, an egg rolled out of a nest and right into a deep pond. Now that egg is a little duck, and the water is still very scary. Jumping into the pond at all seems impossible, never mind swimming in a line with all his brothers. “You’re a duck, and ducks don’t sink,” Big Frog points out. Practicing in a puddle helps a little, while backrubs and snacks from his mother help a little more. Big Frog offers to hold his friend’s wing and dive in together, but our little duck knows that some challenges need to be faced alone. Even when they are very scary! 32 pages
"Bunting's singsong rhymes don't skip a beat as the duck's trepidation turns into triumph. Hillenbrand is just as successful at capturing the duck's growing confidence, setting the action in a gauzy, dappled wetland whose soft colors and cast of supportive animals contribute to an atmosphere of security." -Publishers Weekly (Ages 3-7)
"Any child hesitant to try something new will recognize themselves in the story of this young duck. Hillebrand's mixed media images beautifully depict the natural setting and enhance the delightful rhyming text." -School Library Journal (Preschool-Grade 1)
"Told with a storyteller's flair, the unpretentious but precisely worded tale flows along steadily, easy to read aloud and pleasing in its expression of feelings familiar to young children. The delicate mixed-media illustrations, created with muted colors and understated patterns, perfectly capture the duckling's fear, tentative attempts to overcome it, and final triumph." -Booklist (Preschool-Grade 2)
March 13, 2018
Can be signed and personalized by illustrator