A Real-Life Rescue Story
By Eva Moore, Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Scholastic, $16.99, 32 pages
What does a mother duck name her five babies? Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin … and Little Joe, of course! The Duck family lives in a pretty pond in a beautiful green park. One morning Mama Duck decides to take her five ducklings on an adventure. “Whack-a-whack!” Mama Duck calls. Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin and Little Joe follow along as they waddle through the park and into town. But as Mama keeps walking, all the babies accidentally fall into a storm drain! A woman sees what happens and calls the fire department. The community comes together to help Mama Duck and her trapped brood.
Lucky Ducklings tells the heartwarming true story of an exciting wildlife rescue that actually took place in Montauk, Long Island. When modern life collides with nature, find out what happens as humans and animals trust each other in order to help a family reunite.
When firemen Joe, Paul and Dennis can’t open the storm drain, a man offers to use a strong cable attached to his tow truck to pull off the grate. Down climbs a fireman and up comes Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin and Little Joe! What will Mama Duck think when she sees her babies?
Nancy Carpenter’s illustrations are wonderful – her artwork has been featured in more than 30 books. Her multimedia approach to illustration is a perfect way to capture the unique characteristics of each member of Mama Duck’s loving family and the humans who save them.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin