It started with a creak on the stairs, then a little “umph”, and then as I sat in my nice warm, soothing, supposedly-Mummy-only bath, a little smiling face appeared around the corner of the bathroom door. It’s owner followed and waddled over to inspect my bathing arrangements.
“Mummee” said Elma with what could only be a mixture of elation at seeing me, and a slight concern about the state of the bath. Why were there all these bubbles, where was the pirate ship, and the submariner, and the little dinghy that always capsizes and sinks? She knew she had to rectify the situation, and that meant starting with with most important.
“Duck!” she said firmly. “Duck”, and launched her favourite, a big yellow chap with a stripy rubber ring, in among the suds.
It’s one of her clearest and earliest words, and so I’ll admit we’ve taken to looking through the bookshelves for anything with a duck in it, just to hear her exclaim “duck! quack quack!” every time she spots one on a page. And so we unearthed this little treasure.
It was originally a present for Kitty when she was really quite tiny, and as at the time she was more taken with other things it was shelved and I think largely overlooked until our duck hunt. And now I can’t really work out why.
Not only is the duck on just about every page, making it beloved of Elma, but the story is so funny and sweet that it’s hooked Kitty in as well.
Poor little duck, all the other birds have laid an egg and he’s feeling a bit left out, until he finds the most beautiful (and possibly the largest) egg in the whole wide world. The other birds might not go for it, but he thinks it’s awesome, and promptly adopts it.
One by one (with some awesome cascade pages revealing the new baby birds with each page turn) each of the eggs hatch, all apart from Duck’s.
Still, he can be patient and he settles down with a bit of knitting to wait.
And that’s a serious amount of scarf he’s got going on there, to say nothing of the booties all ready and waiting!
At last the moment comes, and they all gather around to find out what sort of bird could be in such an extraordinary egg, and it’s a …
I love that despite the rather surprising start, Duck’s still got his charge in the scarf and booties – you just can’t beat hand knits!
Vickie‘s little girl has been indulging her love of birds, and hunting for a whole load of other things in Toddler Hide and Seek (which unbelievable appears to have displaced Toddle Waddle as current favourite; and Claire has been playing around with personalised books; if her little one is anything like Kitty she’s going to love the fact that her Peppa Pig book has her name in it! And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!