This is a closely observed cycle of life nature book simply worded for younger readers. The author watched and grew fond of the ducks that came to her pond. She was particularly interested in the ducklings who swam after their mothers. She watched as they acquired all the duck skills before migration time. There was one duckling who could not seem to learn to fly. The climax rides on whether or not he will learn in time to get away before winter. To the author's credit, this report is straightforward and the inevitability of death in the balance of nature is reported without exclamation points. Nevertheless there is a flatness to the statements and a slowness to the story which, while it does set a meditative mood, also indicates an optimism about early grade attention spans that is hard to share.