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May 08, 2018

Lonesome ducks

By Ellen Yeomans, illustrated by Chris Sheban
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Fans of Robert McCloskeys classic book Make Way for Ducklings will delight in the sly humor of Ellen Yeoman’s new picture book featuring two ducks who are just trying to muddle their way through one of their great challenges—figuring out how to be a duck.

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Fans of Robert McCloskeys classic book Make Way for Ducklings will delight in the sly humor of Ellen Yeomans’ new picture book featuring two ducks who are just trying to muddle their way through one of their great challenges—figuring out how to be a duck.

This Duck and That Duck live near the Big Puddle. They’re alone, even though, as This Duck proclaims, “At a time like this there should be Other Ducks. . . . If there were Other Ducks, we would waddle in a line.”

Nevertheless, as spring turns to summer, the pair does manage to figure out swimming (“It’s like waddling but in the water”), and to their surprise, they finally find some other ducks when they peer into the water below. Young readers will be eager to explain just why these reflected ducks simply wont get in line. Inevitably, autumn appears, and This Duck and That Duck get the itch to fly south, wherever that is. Spring finds them back at the Big Puddle, but this time, miraculously, there is a line.

Illustrator Chris Sheban’s watercolor ducks are wonderfully expressive and a perfect match for Yeomans’ appealing text. If you’re looking for a picture book for the small ones in your own Big Puddle, line right up for The Other Ducks.

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The Other Ducks

The Other Ducks

By Ellen Yeomans, illustrated by Chris Sheban
Roaring Brook
ISBN 9781626725027

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