Fans of Jane Simmons's celebrated read-aloud Come Along, Daisy!
will be happy to see the endearing duckling back in this sweet picture-book companion. This time, Aunt Buttercup is sitting on an egg for Daisy's mom, and young Daisy can't wait for her new brother or sister to be born. But when all three of Aunt Buttercup's eggs hatch, Mama's green egg doesn't! "'Some eggs just don't hatch,' said Mama Duck. 'Come and play with your cousins, Daisy.'" But Daisy doesn't want to leave Mama's egg, and helps keep it warm even when night falls, and she is cold and tired. Finally, Daisy and her mom wake up in the morning to a Pip! Pip! Pip!
It was her little brother! "And together they watched the sun rise on Little Pip's hatching day." Young children will love the irresistible ducks (just look at that face!), and of course the fact that Daisy doesn't give up on the egg no matter what. Each of Simmons's soft, artful pictures offers an intimate perspective on Daisy's family... from the close-up comfort of the warm, feathery nest to an unusual cattail-high view of the ducks gathered around the future Pip. (Baby to preschool) --Karin Snelson
From Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to Come Along, Daisy!, the winsome duckling is eagerly awaiting a sibling: Aunt Buttercup is sitting on an egg of Mama's as well as three of her own. But even after Daisy's cousins make their unprepossessing appearance ("Yuck! He's all wet!" Daisy exclaims when the first one hatches), Mama's egg remains intact. Daisy takes on the task of keeping it warm and is eventually rewarded: with a "Pip! Pip! Pip!" her younger brother struggles from his shell. Simmons's softly hued marsh is an uncommonly inviting venue, rendered in perspectives that suggest both the expansiveness of nature (Mama and Daisy rush across an open stretch of water toward Aunt Buttercup) and the intimacy of family life (reeds and cattails provide a cozy enclosure for the eggs and the drama of their hatching). And Daisy's engaging energy, optimism and affection shine through her actions, expressions and very posture. However, at points Mama seems oddly detached from her own egg ("Some eggs just don't hatch," she says casually, agreeing to join Daisy's vigil only "until morning")-a discordant note that diminishes the tale's overall childlike sensibility and warmth. Ages 3-7.
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