Martin Waddell and Jill Barton team up for a ducky celebration of springtime, family, and miraculous new arrivals.
"Did you come in an egg?" Duckling gasped.
"All ducks do," Grandpa said.
Mommy Duck has laid a pale blue egg among the rushes, and soon it will be quacking time at the lake. Duckling has never seen a duck egg before and finds it very hard to believe that a baby duck could fit inside. But now all the family is gathering—Auntie and Cousin and Grandpa—and the excitement is high as they wait for a tap-tap-tap and a CRACK! and, finally, a tiny beak and a head poking out. Little listeners will be more than eager to join in their final chorus: "Quack-quack! Quack-quack-quack!"
Martin Waddell is the author of more than one hundred books for children, including HI, HARRY! and the Little Bear books, illustrated by Barbara Firth; FARMER DUCK, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; A KITTEN CALLED MOONLIGHT, illustrated by Christian Birmingham; and THE PIG IN THE POND, illustrated by Jill Barton. In 2004 he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his lasting contribution to children's literature. Martin Waddell lives in Northern Ireland.
Jill Barton has collaborated with Amy Hest on all the Baby Duck books, including IN THE RAIN WITH BABY DUCK, winner of the BOSTON GLOBE—HORN BOOK Award. She also illustrated the rollicking RATTLETRAP CAR and WHAT BABY WANTS, both by Phyllis Root; LADY LOLLIPOP and CLEVER LOLLIPOP by Dick King-Smith; and THE PIG IN THE POND by Martin Waddell. Jill Barton lives in England.
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