If everyone could learn to cooperate like Duck and Goose, this world would no doubt be a much lovelier place. What a sweet and special story this is-- with enough humor thrown in to keep it fresh and engaging. This may be one of the best "older" books I've read recently, having first come out in 2006. Pickle loved it, I loved it, and I have no doubt it will be a constant reread.
In Duck & Goose, two young birds come across a polka dot ball, and they immediately mistake it for an egg. They both lay claim to it, and then of course they fight to take care of it. In the end, the birds end up climbing on top of their "egg" and eventually bond over a bigger purpose- how to care for the bird baby that they believe will arrive any day. When a bluebird lets them know that the egg isn't actually an egg at all, but a ball instead, it is clear that their bond is strong. Though they abandon their mission, they don't abandon each other.
This is such a terrific story about sharing, teamwork and collaboration. We all know (or, *ahem,* parent) the child who has an exceedingly difficult time letting go of something he believes is his and his alone. We've all had to find a way to gently teach a little one about the beauty that can be found in shared play, and how two children engaging with a single toy means there is double the fun to be had. But it's not always easy for a little one to comprehend this notion. Duck & Goose, with its vibrant and child-pleasing illustrations in lively, primary colors, connects with kids at first glance; and once they are sucked in, the story and the animals do the teaching in such a masterful way without crossing over into didactic territory. I have no doubt that this story will become a modern classic, it just has that feeling, and I know it will be appreciated by so many children for years to come.
Want the book? Get it here! Duck & Goose, by Tad Hills.