DAISY AND THE EGG by Jane Simmons


Age Range: 3 - 7
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Daisy, the duckling who learned a thing or two about paying attention in Come Along, Daisy! (1998), returns in a story of anticipation, persistence, and faith. This acceptably guileless creature enters situations without fear for the consequences; call it youth. Here she is helping her aunt and her mother tend to their eggs. The aunt’s three ducklings hatch out, while the mother’s green egg remains inert. Daisy hangs in there, lending her warm underbelly to the cause, even after her mother casually notes that “some eggs just don’t hatch.” It is a long night for Daisy, but come morning, a new sibling emerges. Despite the heft of the issues, Simmons never allows them to get ponderous. The artwork is equally open-hearted, capturing Daisy’s wait through a succession of lovely paintings that have a variety of entertaining, quite striking perspectives. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-316-79747-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1999