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RUBY IN HER OWN TIME by Jonathan Emmett


by Jonathan Emmett & illustrated by Rebecca Harry

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-439-57915-5
Publisher: Scholastic

Reminiscent of a well-known tale, Ruby, the youngest of five ducklings, in her own time, learns what her siblings learn first: hatch, eat, swim, and take wing. Throughout the story Father Duck asks, “Will she ever . . . ?” “She will, in her own time,” replies Mother Duck. The story comes full circle when Mother Duck asks, “Will she ever come back?” It’s Father Duck who replies, “In her own time.” And Ruby does, with a brood of her own, as Mother and Father Duck proudly look on. Soft-edged forms and pastels create characters that mirror the lyrical language and calm tone of the story. Animal gestures are vividly illustrated as Ruby plops out of the egg or braves fierce winds and rain. Children will love the repetition and simple language. Adults will appreciate the reassuring and timeless message of honoring one’s own rhythm in growing up. This message is not new, yet has a freshness and life all its own. (Picture book. 3-6)