Webster J. Duck by Martin Waddell

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A search for love and reassurance—from master storyteller Martin Waddell.

When little Webster J. Duck cracks open his egg, he's all alone. "Where's my mother?" Webster thinks, and sets off to find her. Though he meets some waggly, woolly, very friendly animals along the way, his mother is nowhere to be seen. It looks like Webster is all alone—until his new friends lend a helping hand. With delightful illustrations by David Parkins, WEBSTER J. DUCK celebrates the wonderful feeling of being found by someone you love.

About Martin Waddell

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Martin Waddell is the author of many well-loved books for children, including A KITTEN CALLED MOONLIGHT; CAN'T YOU SLEEP, LITTLE BEAR? (one of four tales about Big Bear and Little Bear); FARMER DUCK; OWL BABIES; and WHO DO YOU LOVE? He says, "WEBSTER J. DUCK is a sunny story, born of long holiday with my children by a lake on the river Shannon in Ireland. We saw a nest in the reeds and a watchful cow in the mud by the lakeside. In that moment, Webster's story was born."David Parkins is also the illustrator of AUNT NANCY AND OLD MAN TROUBLE and AUNT NANCY AND COUSIN LAZY-BONES by Phyllis Root, as well as Dick King-Smith's chapter books SOPHIE'S TOM, SOPHIE HITS SIX, SOPHIE IN THE SADDLE, SOPHIE IS SEVEN, and SOPHIE'S LUCKY.
Published August 1, 2001 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Webster sets off to find her, he meets in turn a dog, a sheep, and a cow, or, as he thinks of them, a Duck with a Waggly Tail, a Big Woolly Duck, and a Bigger Big Duck.

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The star of Waddell's (A Kitten Called Moonlight) heartwarming tale starts life "All folded up so he'd fit in the egg," but soon the plucky duck is out and about, looking for the mother who's nowhere to be seen.

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