From School Library Journal
PreS—This reassuring yet slight story stars a pair of stuffed-animal ducklings. When their mother tells them that it is time to leave the pond and go home, they run off and play instead, hiding and waiting for her to find them. But when it starts to rain, they return to her, and she takes them to their cozy nest. Done in pencil crayon and chalk pastel, the illustrations are soft-edged and sweet, with chubby, beady-eyed yellow ducklings sporting T-shirts and tufts of white fuzz on the tops of their heads. The action pages are done as a series of smaller vignettes, endowing the pictures with a sense of motion. The scenes with the mother duck are full-bleed spreads, emphasizing her comforting presence. Even the spot art is presented on light blue washes, giving the whole book—from its yellow plaid endpapers (which echo the mother's patterned coloring) to the final page of the brothers tucked into bed—a gentle, inviting feeling. Although the text is a bit longer than might be ideal for the intended audience, the use of sound words such as "pit-a-pat" and "plip-plop" as well as the distinctly toddlerlike sensibility of the ducklings is likely to appeal to younger listeners. A pleasant addition to larger collections.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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