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by Chih-Yuan Chen

illustrated by Chih-Yuan Chen


School Library Journal:

/* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 3– One day, an extra-large egg rolls right into Mother Duck’s nest. She is busy reading and doesn’t notice the new addition, but this lucky event will change her life. Her hatchlings include a yellow duckling; one with blue spots; another with brown stripes; and a rather unusual, crocodile-shaped youngster, named after his first words. Guji Guji grows bigger and stronger than his siblings (and more crocodile like), but Mother loves all her offspring the same. When three duck-hungry crocodiles make fun of Guji Guji’s ways and try to tempt him into betraying his family, he is put to the test. This beautifully written story has much to say about appreciating families and differences, and it will resonate with children long after the final page is turned. Chen’s unique illustrations are compelling, down to the beautiful silhouette endpapers. The rich blues and earth tones and dramatic page layouts create moving scenes, but the quirky details and characters’ expressions are hilarious. This charming spin on the ugly duckling theme is a must-have for any collection.–Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA –Julie Roach (Reviewed November 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 11, p94)


  • ALA Notable Children’s Books – Younger Readers Category: 2005
  • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award: Primary School (Grades K-3)


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Ages 0-8, Animals, Family, Identity