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Lucky Ducklings Hardcover – February 1, 2013

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Make way for these lucky ducks. After swimming to shore and finding a bite to eat in the park, Mama Duck and her five ducklings—Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin, and Little Joe—walk to town. But Mama Duck is the only one to make it across the road, as, one by one, the ducklings slip through the openings of the storm drain. Amid Mama Duck’s anxious quacking, three firemen and a quick-thinking resident with a pickup truck and a roll of cable manage to lift the grate and retrieve the ducklings from the storm drain. Based on an actual event in Montauk, New York, the heartwarming tale features delightfully fuzzy illustrations, some from the ducklings’ perspective, which highlight the concern and relief of townsfolk and Mama Duck alike. The refrain of “Oh dear! That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t because . . .” encourages participation from young listeners. Pairing with Robert McCloskey’s Caldecott-winning Make Way for Ducklings (1941) is a must. Preschool-Grade 1, --Angela Leeper

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"Carpenter’s warm, retro spreads salute McCloskey in what might turn out to be this generation’s duckling rescue story. Seeing public officials put civic machinery to work to save baby animals is every bit as charming today as it was 70 years ago. “Help!” cries a woman who sees five pint-size ducklings follow their mother across a storm drain and disappear through the grate one by one. “Call the fire department!” Carpenter (Heroes of the Surf) supplies a ducklings’-eye view of their wait in the darkness as curious faces stare down at them. The firefighters can’t budge the drain cover, but a truck driver named Perry drags it off so they can free “Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin... and last of all, Little Joe,” who await their mother in a handy bucket of water. The rescue depicted actually took place on Long Island in 2000; Moore enlivens the account with engaging narrative devices, repeating the duckling’s rhyming names and punctuating the story with “Oh, dear! That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t.” It’s worthy of its predecessor, and a welcome sequel of sorts." - Publishers Weekly starred review

This stunning book depicts an incident that took place in Montauk, Long Island (NY). Mama Duckling swims to shore one day, followed by her five offspring: Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin, and Little Joe. (Guess who’s the one who lags behind to watch a butterfly or check out a big red berry.) The homey village seems like a fine place for a walk–but for diminutive ducklings, there are unforeseen hazards. Luckily, there are also watchful, resourceful villagers to rescue the little creatures when they all fall through a storm drain in the street. The language is melodic: “The Duck family lived in a pretty pond in a green, green park, in a sunlit little town at the end of a long, long island.” It’s dramatic: “Mama Duck came running after him. ‘Whack! Whack! Whack!’ she cried. ‘Bring my babies back!’” It’s comically suspenseful: “Oh, dear! That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t, because….” Carpenter, a gifted and powerfully versatile illustrator, fills the book with beauty, humor, and a delicious variety of perspectives. Her style here has a sweet old-fashioned spirit–a touch of Robert McCloskey, but more visually arresting. Writer and artist have conspired to give children a sure-to-be classic that they’re sure to love.– School Library Journal starred review, Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

Mama Duck and her little ducklings are headed off for a walk when an accident happens: as the ducklings follow their mother onto a paved street, one by one they fall through the openings in a storm drain grate. A witness calls the fire department, and Fireman Paul heads down into the drain and rescues each duckling. Fireman Joe is about to carry the babies off in a bucket, but Mama Duck makes such a fuss that Fireman Dennis stops traffic in order to allow Mama Duck to lead her ducklings across the road herself, and a happy ending finds Mama and babies safely back in their own pond in the park. Based on a real event that happened in Montauk, New York in 2000, Moore’s story is simply but dramatically told, and repetition of a few key phrases (“That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t, because . . .”) will help young listeners focus on the pivotal plot points. The satisfying storyline of a mother and babies separated and reunited is one to which many young children will easily relate, and the ducks themselves have enormous visual appeal. Carpenter’s illustrations, rendered in charcoal and digital media with a warm, earth-toned palette, are large and impressive in their artistry; the masterful compositions feature creative perspectives, peering up through the grate with the ducklings or looking down on their doomed trip across the grate. This makes a natural partner for Tafuri’s Have You Seen My Duckling? as well as a fine lead-in to the lengthier text of McCloskey’s classic Make Way for Ducklings.  JH - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439448611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439448611
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 11.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nothing's better than a true story; especially one with ducklings in danger on a journey to a happy ending. The artwork is spectacular and the writing is above average. A great gift book -- buy it for your grandchild, child or the children's collection of your local library. You will want to read this more than once!
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I first read this book to my daughter when she was 2 1/2. It quickly became her favorite and stayed there for many months. The story is charming and there are little details in the illustrations that capture her attention. It is perfect for being read over and over.

I will be interested to see how much she likes the book once she starts being able to read it herself.
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My grandson loved this book, which is a true story about baby ducks that were saved by people who cared about wildlife. He wanted to hear it several times, and his older brother, who is 7, was interested, too. The illustrations are wonderful. It's reminiscent of Make Way For Ducklings, which my own children loved growing up.
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My 3 year old loves this book. I can't read it fast enough or often enough. She walks around the house talking about Tippin, Bippin & Dippin...I recommend this book.
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I checked this book out of our library for my 3 year old daughter. While she loves the story, it is my 13 month old that is completely enthralled. She asks for, "Duck?" every morning and reaches for the book until we read it. She will sit still for me to read it two times through in a row, multiple times a day--impressive for someone that little! I'll be purchasing a copy for our home library. Wonderful, engaging story with gorgeous illustrations.
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In a new twist upon an old favorite, follow the adventure of Mama Duck and her ducklings. When the five ducklings fall into a storm drain, the fireman and a crowd of people come to the rescue, leaving the ducks to return to their pretty pond. Children, ages 3-6, will delight in this duckling tale.
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This is a truly beautiful book with wonderful illustrations. I love the fact that it is based on a real event. We purchased enough copies of this book for all of the students we will be doing a ready set learn program with and will be bringing in ducklings to enhance the lesson
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Lacked the lasting interest for my 5 yr old. He enjoyed the names of the ducklings and on our walks checks out storm drains to imagine ducklings being caught in them, but doesn't really ask to read the book very often.
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