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Little One Step


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An acclaimed author and illustrator, creator of the Red House Children's Book Award-winning Baby Brains. An acclaimed author and illustrator, creator of the Red House Children's Book Award-winning Baby Brains.


PreS-Gr 2-When three ducklings are lost in the forest and the littlest one is too tired to carry on, his brothers convince him that any journey consists of one step at a time. With eloquent strokes of his pen, James evokes the range of emotions in this empowering story. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

James (Leon and Bob; the Jake books) alluringly simple story introduces three duckling brothers who are lost in the woods. When the youngest announces that he wants his mama and that his legs "feel all wobbly," his understanding and sage oldest sibling comes to his rescue by urging him to try "doing One Step." His clear instructions ("Just lift one foot like this... and say `one.'... Then put it down in front and say `step!' ") do the trick. The little fellow forgets his fears as he concentrates on putting one tiny webbed foot in front of the other, all the way back to their waiting mother. Featuring beige and light golden tones, James's almost monochromatic watercolor-and-ink pictures match the understated and winsome qualities of the narrative. Changing perspectives convey the towering trees that make Little One Step's legs go "wobbly" while spot illustrations chronicle his growing confidence as he stares at his feet and chants "one step" to himself. In one humorous spread, youngsters will spy these words repeated against the backdrop of a field whose tall grasses completely hide the duckling. A lovely lesson on sibling support and the wisdom of tackling intimidating situations one step at a time. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Any adult feeling overwhelmed by the Herculean trails of a family Christmas should turn to Little One Step. This is a deceptively simple book with wonderful illustrations and a hopeful message. * The Daily Mail *
The page size is large and the ducklings diminutuve, set against the big wide open spaces in muted line and wash, but Simon James packs in a wonderful amount of expression. This has an adorable quality about it, and it is my favourite in the early-years picture book field. * Children's Bookseller, STAR CHOICE *

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