Duck & Goose
Schwartz & Wade, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
rom different directions, Duck and Goose come upon a big, spotted egg, and they argue about who found it first, sounding just like squabbling kids as they quack and honk at each other, '
he illustrations are clean and bright, keeping the story's focus on the treasured egg and the small, feathered creatures who are fighting over it - though they do stop to acknowledge that maybe they should do it more quietly so as not to disturb the baby bird inside. They even argue - with a '
flurry of fussing, / grunting and groaning, / slipping and sliding, / honking and quacking
' - about how to keep the egg warm, and end up parked on it back to back.
hey wait a long time, extending the argument to what each will teach the baby after the egg cracks open. They wait, and they wait, and they begin to bond through bird-rearing plans. And then they get the surprise of their lives.
Duck & Goose
is a super story that shows how silly childish arguments can be, but also how they can hatch into true friendship.
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