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Award-winning author/illustrator Nancy Tafuri presents a charming bedtime companion to her classic Caldecott Honor winner HAVE YOU SEEN MY DUCKLING?. The sun is setting and it's time for Mama to lead her youngsters home. One dawdling duckling falls behind, drawn to the pond creatures who call, "Goodnight, Little Duckling!" as he paddles by. Soon, Mama and the other ducklings are all out of sight, but there's no need for alarm. One special turtle is waiting to carry the little duckling back to Mama's nest. In this fresh companion to her classic Caldecott Honor winner HAVE YOU SEEN MY DUCKLING?, Nancy Tafuri's beautifully detailed watercolors and spare text once again capture the tender feelings and joyful wonder of childhood.
PreS. Early one evening, Mama Duck leads her drowsy youngsters home from the pond, but one duckling dawdles--the same plucky, adventurous little duck from Tafuri's Caldecott Honor Book Have You Seen My Duckling? 0 (1984). Two wading birds, a beaver, and a frog say "goodnight" to the duckling, but it's the turtle that inquires if the duckling is lost and gives it a ride home. Tafuri's 46-word text and feathery-textured, full-bleed watercolor spreads create a wonderfully reassuring and cozy whole. Page compositions and the subtle use of proportion add to the book's visual success. None of the pond's inhabitants are labeled, and two different birds are not readily identifiable. Adults may care, but kids probably won't; they will fall for this tender, charming tale, a perfectly ducky bedtime story. --Julie Cummins Copyright 2005 Booklist
Publisher's Weekly Review
Nancy Tafuri brings back the stars of Have You Seen My Duckling? for a bedtime tale in Goodnight, My Duckling. As the ducklings follow their mother home to bed, one bids goodnight to all the other pond inhabitants and loses track of its family; luckily a turtle offers to act as ferry for the little fowl. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
PreS-Fans of Tafuri's Have You Seen My Duckling? (HarperCollins, 1984) will welcome this companion story. As the light begins to fade over the pond, Mama Duck announces to her eight ducklings that it is time for bed. She and seven of her charges start toward home but one straggler is distracted by the other animals that bid him good night. He soon discovers that he is the only duckling left on the pond. A turtle who has been watching the scene unfold comes to his rescue and safely carries him home. Sharp-eyed youngsters will spot the turtle on each page and will be reassured to see that Mama Duck is never entirely out of sight. The finely detailed, realistic illustrations are rich in color and depth; the spread showing the diminutive duck seemingly all alone on the very large pond is particularly effective. Perfect for evening storytimes and one-on-one readings before bedtime for the youngest listeners.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.