The Story of Little Quack

Betty Gibson, Author Kids Can Press $12.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-30966-0
In Gibson's first picture book, a lonely boy named Jackie lives on a farm where there are plenty of animals, none of which has any interest in playing with him. When Jackie's mother buys him a pet duck, the two become fast friends, and the boy is very sad when Little Quack disappears. She turns up at a nearby pond, but then takes off again. Many weeks pass before Jackie finds her again--swimming in a brook with her 10 little ``quacklings.'' The duck family returns home with Jackie, who will never be lonely again. This is a pleasant if somewhat prosaic story, competently illustrated with Denton's ( The Picnic ; Before I Go to Sleep ) gentle watercolors. Though the book is not particularly distinctive, preschoolers may enjoy identifying the many barnyard animals on Jackie's farm. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
Hardcover - 23 pages - 978-0-921103-97-4
Paperback - 978-1-55074-063-9
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