Mallard ducks and loons do not get along and do not like to share the same territory, but somehow a mated pair of loons adopt a mallard chick. The chick learns the ways of the loons but is also drawn to some instinctual mallard behaviors. The chick rides piggyback like a loon, but also eats weeds in the shallows like a mallard. They share one summer together as a family. Even the authors don’t know what happened when they all migrated away. Will they come back together again the next year?
Presented in verse, this nonfiction title has a very storybook feel. There are no photographs, but instead, warm and sweet, full-color illustrations. The last pages share more detail as to where this happened and the similarities and differences the mallards and loons have. There are more differences than similarities! A great first dive into informational texts for young readers or soon-to-be readers.
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