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Little Chicken Duck

by Tim Beiser
illustrated by Bill Slavin

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ducks, geese, etc., frogs & toads, emotions & feelings
list price: $19.99
published: 2013
publisher: Tundra

In a pond so deep and chilly sat a frog upon a lily,
Catching flies the size he'd never seen before.
All at once, he started chuckling at a fluffy yellow duckling
Shaking shyly on the sand along the shore.

     And so begins the charming story of Little Chicken Duck, whose fear of water prevents her from learning to swim. Taken under Froggie's wing, she is brought into the forest clearing, where each of the birds, in turn, confesses their deepest fear and how they came to terms with it. Armed with their stories of bravery and Froggie's support, Little Chicken Duck, "feeling cheerful, brave, and plucky," is finally able to overcome her fear of water and swim in the pond.

     This heartwarming tale in rhyme is lovingly illustrated by the playful, enchanting illustrations by artist Bill Slavin.

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Contributor notes

Born in Los Angeles, Tim Beiser lived in New York City for many years, where he wrote plays and science-fiction short stories while working as an emergency medical technician for the Fire Department of New York. Now living in Toronto, he is an award-winning journalist who has written for many of Canada's leading publications. His first two books for children, Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog and Miss Mousie's Blind Date, were published to much critical acclaim. Tim Beiser divides his time between Toronto, Canada, and Grignan, France. The author lives in Toronto, Canada & Grignan, France.

Bill Slavin has illustrated more than seventy books for children, including The Big Book of Canada by Christopher Moore; It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph and All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine by Monica Kulling, the first two books in Tundra's Great Idea Series; and the upcoming Pandemic Survival: It's Why You're Alive by Ann Love & Jane Drake. He has won the Amelia-Frances Howard Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Children's Choice Award, and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature, among many others.

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Editorial Review

Praise for Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog

"The story is told in a lyrical style which will definitely appeal to young children. The rhythm, rhyme, and vivid descriptions make the story come to life....Rachel Berman...uses magical images to illuminate the text and to engage readers in the story in wonderful ways!" - Highly Recommended from CM Magazine

Set in rhyme, these verses prove to be quite strong, always scanning perfectly without seeming strained. ... Berman's palette tends to darker hues, which serves the tale well when the story is located in McGogg's bog... An amusing tale, indeed." - Kirkus Reviews

"Bradley McGogg is indeed a very fine frog and young readers will delight in his foolish antics." - Resource Links

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