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Dilly Duckling
Freedman, Claire.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A silly duckling sees one of her feathers fall out and chases after it, only to learn that she will lose all of her downy feathers before her grown-up feathers appear.
General Note:
"A touch-and-read book"--Jacket.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 77090.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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It's a perfect morning for a family waddle, when puff! One of little Dilly's feathers blows away!What is she to do?"Stop that feather!" she quacks.But with each gust of wind Dilly's feather blows farther away.Her friends, Spike the porcupine and Nibble the field mouse, help Dilly in their own ways, but is the downy feather lost for good?And what will she tell Mama?

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. Dilly Duckling is out for a walk when she notices that one of her feathers is blowing away. Distressed, Dilly chases the feather as the wind continues to blow it out of reach. Despite help from Spike the hedgehog and Nibble the mouse, there's no getting it back. When a dejected Dilly returns home, Mama Duck informs silly Dilly that all her down will eventually fall out, making way for adult feathers. Even though the feather shows up in the pond, Dilly knows that she no longer needs it. There's a message here, but young children may not make the connection between their own growth and maturity and new feathers. Still, the fun is mostly in watching Dilly and her friends energetically trying to chase down the feather. Dilly bears a strong resemblance toane Simmons' Daisy Duck, and this book's oversize format, with artwork full of bold streaks and a lush pond setting, will look familiar. Despite the possible confusion, the two books have the same cheerful appeal, and fans of both ducklings will surely overlap. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Dilly is in a dither because one of her downy yellow feathers has fallen out and blown away. "Stop that feather!" she quacks. "Come back!" Spike, a roly-poly hedgehog, offers to spear it, and Nibble, a pink-eared mouse, offers to grab it, but the wind keeps blowing Dilly's feather further out of reach. Freedman's (Hushabye Lily) concise, comically urgent text should resonate with any child who knows how high the stakes feel when something dear is lost ("Careful... It's a very important feather!" Dilly whispers as Nibble gingerly reaches for it while balancing on a cornstalk). Chapman's (Bear Snores On) sunny acrylics have a verve and immediacy that bring to life both the windy day and the anxieties of Dilly and her friends. When Nibble sneezes and misses her chance to grab the feather, the swirling breeze, the mouse's death-like grip on the fragile cornstalk and the horrified expressions of the duck and hedgehog transform the spread into an emotional and visual maelstrom that's at once funny and poignant. But all's well that ends well, as Dilly's mother informs her that molting is natural. "I don't need [that feather] anymore, do I?" Dilly observes happily. "I'll grow another one!" Here's hoping Freedman and Chapman produce another one, too. Ages 3-6. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-A bright, happy picture book with colorful acrylic illustrations in spring greens, yellows, and blues. Little Dilly dallies when her mother and siblings head out for a waddle by the river, and, in the process, she loses a feather. Her friends, Spike the porcupine and Nibble the mouse, try to help her retrieve it, without success. Sadly, Dilly fesses up to her mama, and discovers an amazing fact-eventually all of her downy feathers will fall out and she will grow new ones to look just like Mama Duck. Dilly is a daffy and very lovable duckling, curious and vulnerable at the same time-a character certain to appeal to young children. An excellent choice for preschool storytime.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.