From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–In this warmhearted beginning chapter book, eight-year-old Henry has a craving for someone or something to call her own, whether it is a kitten, a horse, or a little sister. Her dream comes true when her father rescues a baby duck. The duckling is named the most beautiful name that Henry knows, Rosalie. Despite educating herself on the specific needs and behaviors of ducks, she soon learns that taking care of one is not easy. She is confronted with ducky temper tantrums, house training, and eventually the unavoidable of what to do when Rosalie grows up. An affectionate story with large print, black-and-white illustrations, short chapters, and an easy-to-follow story line.– Christine McGinty, Newark Public Library, NY
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Gr. 2-4. A girl named Henry, blessed with very patient parents, becomes the caretaker of a duckling that has been spared from the slaughterhouse. Called Rosalie, the duck becomes harder to care for as it gets older. The nearby nature center can't keep her, because the wild ducks reject her, but an ideal arrangement soon presents itself. In an ending that may be too corny even for the book's target readership, Henry, Henry's new baby brother, and Rosalie come together in a group cuddle. Mitchard throws in such concepts as vegetarianism and imprinting as she tells the story, but mostly this is about attachment and letting go, a sweet but unsurprising tale that will appeal to young or struggling readers charmed by animals and nature. Abby NolanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved