Ever since she learned to say “quack” at about 10 months old, ducks have been far and away D1's favorite animal. A few weeks ago I spotted Make Way for Ducklings at the library and decided to see if she was ready to make the jump from board books. Sure enough, she was willing to sit through the whole story and loved pointing out the ducks. Every time Mrs. Mallard left her nest to get a drink, she wanted one, too. Every time the ducklings waved goodbye to the policemen, she waved along with them.
The next time we went to the library, I happened to spot The Story About Ping. As we left the library, I had my hands full and so did she, so I asked her to follow me like the ducklings follow their mother. Sure enough, she walked right along behind, quacking all the way.
The Story About Ping was an even greater hit, since Ping has uncles, of which D1 also has quite a number. She is distressed when Ping finds that his uncles are all gone, and pleased when he finds them again.
Now she thinks the purpose of going to the library is to find books about ducks. Every day she asks to read “Quack-quack,” and “Quack-quack Uncle.” But I'm about out of ideas for classic picture books about ducks. The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck is the only remaining one that comes to mind.
Besides, I think it's time to expand her literary horizons and pursue a different genre. I think today I'll see if I can get her interested in Corduroy.