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Dawdle Duckling
by Toni Buzzeo
illustrated by Margaret Spengler 
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2003. 
ISBN: 978-0803727311
“Youngsters will enjoy predicting what's next and chanting the duckling's defiant refrain as the back and forth repeats throughout. In the end, the duckling follows his mother's directions for the first time, just in time to save himself from the toothsome creature lurking at water's edge, making Buzzeo's gentle lesson just right for the preschool set.” —Kirkus

“Although the dawdling duckling's habits briefly place him in mortal danger (from a lurking crocodile), readers expecting a neat moral from Buzzeo's upbeat text will be surprised--he leaps to safety on his mother's back, but there's no promise that he won't be up to his plodding tricks again.  Young, incorrigible human dawdlers should find that immensely satisfying." —Publisher's Weekly
“Poetic language and lush pastel artwork portray the antics of an endearing youngster who would rather daydream, play, and explore than tow the line like his siblings.” —Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal 
Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
A Raising Readers Selection
Judy Freeman's 100 Best Books for Children, 2003
Sharron McElmeel's Favorite Books 2003
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Selection
New Jersey State Library Pick of the Decade Selection
Woodbridge Public Library Pick of the Decade 2000-2010 Selection
Scholastic Honeybee Book Club Selection

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Across the bay 
on the blue waves rolling,  
one Mama Duck 
paddles and quacks. 
One, two, three ducklings 
Swim behind, 
but the fourth little duckling 
dawdles and dreams.
“Quack!  Catch up!” says Mama Duck. 
Dawdle Duckling winds  
his zigzag trail. 
“NO!  Quack!  Quack! 
I won’t catch up.”

In every family there is one dreamer, the one who swims to the sound of his own drummer.  Dawdle is that duckling, always looking for fun, excitement, something new, whether within his imagination or outside in the wide world.  But will he get more than he's bargained for?
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