This exuberant tale of a lame baby duck's escape from a cunning fox is surrounded by remarkably breathtaking illustrations by Wilhelm Jaruska in strikingly vivid colors. Unusual seasonal scenes and graceful renditions of moving animals in colorwash effects attract immediate attention to an equally fascinating text. Curiosity leads Kriki away from the line of ducklings to the river bank where a surprise attack by a fox impairs her ability to fly. Unable to go South with her family in winter, Kriki befriends other winter birds who guide her in a suspenseful dramatic chase, the fox only a few paces behind. Surpassing her own strength, Kriki heeds the raven's cry, and slowly, painfully, begins to fly. The double victory over her enemy and her disability climax a thrilling story to be read by 8 to 11 year olds or more appropriately heard aloud by 7 to 9 year olds.