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Once Upon a Time Upon a Nest

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  196 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
In this uplifiting picture book, children will see that everyone accomplishes things when he or she is ready.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 20th 2004 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Catherine  Mustread
Love the theme of doing everything in our own time -- each at their own pace. Reminiscent of Robert Kraus's Late Bloomer.
Ashley M.
Summary for ECE2203

A mother and father duck have five eggs in a nest. The mother sits all day to hatch them and out pop four baby ducks. The last egg would not hatch however, the mother sat and waited but nothing. After time passed out popped the fifth duck. They decided to call this tiny duck Ruby. The ducks all played, ate and did duck things together. Ruby however did nothing. Rubys mother and father were concerned if she would ever be like the other ducks. Eventually more time passed and Rub
Aug 30, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To coincide with our HC publication of THIS WAY, RUBY!, here's the sweet little duckling's picture book debut--now in paperback.

Mother Duck and Father Duck are worried about Ruby. As the littlest duckling of the family, she learns to eat and swim long after her four sisters and brothers. Father Duck frets that Ruby will never catch up, but Mother Duck calmly reassures him that Ruby will flourish -- "in her own time."
Readers of all ages who have ever felt like the biggest or the littlest, the slo
Nov 14, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a family of ducks, the youngest of whom, Ruby, does things a little bit slower than her siblings. Despite her pace, Ruby eventually catches up, and does all of the things her siblings do. This book could be useful in talking about peers with disabilities who may be progressing at differing rates, and provide a frame work for scaffolding conversations about diversity. It could also be used to teach children to be aware of accommodation some children may need to be successful (e ...more
Destiny Thompson
Ruby is a 'late bloomer," her for other siblings hatched, swam, and ate all before her. When her father shows concern her mother says, " Ruby will in her own time." Eventually, Ruby learns how to fly, and when she leaves her mother asks, "will she ever come back," and her father replied, "she will, all in good time." This book was a very easy read, it's simple short story. This book encourages children to understand that they will eventually learn all in good time. This book would be excellent f ...more
Taylor Brady
Jun 26, 2014 Taylor Brady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a terrifically adorable book about a little duck (animals) who takes some extra time to catch up to her siblings (family) but then exceeds them all. Throughout the book Ruby's dad is concerned that she's not like her siblings but Ruby's mom reassures her dad by saying, "she will, in her own time." I enjoyed the message behind this book that is ok that not everyone develops at the same pace (development).
Kaylee Bostick
Good book to read about overcoming insecurities.
Sep 03, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 14, 2011 Josie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A personal favourite of mine and one I can't get through without a little sniff towards the end. For any mother with a bit of a 'different' child like mine, that's never quite done anything at the times he's supposed to, this acts at as a lovely reminder that different is good and that he'll fly as high as the rest.
Drew Paige
Apr 21, 2011 Drew Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great book for parents and children to relate to. Especially parents with multiple children. Children can grow and mature at different ages and they should not be judged differently because of this. They will develop "in their own time" just like Ruby the little duckling did. It is always important to be positive and supportive.
Kelley Moore
Loved this book to read to students when they think that they should be doing everything everyone else is doing. It isn't all about doing what everyone else is doing you have to do what's right for yourself.
Jul 16, 2009 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ruby hatches later than the rest of her siblings, so she does things later than all of them. Her father keeps asking if she'll ever do things, and her mother says, "She will, in her own time," and she does.
Gennie Hendrick
Jun 22, 2011 Gennie Hendrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book a lot. This book gives a great example of how different "children" develop different skills at different times. The little duck named Ruby does everything a little later than others.
Erin Al-Mehairi
May 07, 2012 Erin Al-Mehairi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely illustrations!! Addie loved the ducks and the story. Let's children know that sometimes they might be behind their peers, but they will be able to do thing "in their own time."
Sep 18, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sweet, cute illustrations, and a little duck who may be slower than the others; but she always catches up to the others eventually.
Feb 08, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A beautiful book about how each of us develop at our own pace. My kids love this book. We probably read it at least once a week.
Mar 24, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful little book my daughter got for Easter yesterday from her grandmother about a little duck who just takes her own time to do things...and ends up soaring :-)
Jul 26, 2011 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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From hatching to flying, Mother Duck has confidence that Ruby will accomplish all things in her own time. Mother Duck was right, Ruby did!

Apr 16, 2008 Aimee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I gave to my mom because little Ruby is the story of my life. It's such a cute little book and it makes me happy to read.
Jan 25, 2014 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweetly illustrated, this repetitive picture book kindly considers the late-bloomer duck Ruby and her reluctance to fly.
Ruby is the smallest of the ducks and she doesn't do things at the same time as her siblings but her parents let her do things at her own pace.

Ruby progesses more slowly than her siblings but her parents are patient. A sweet story and a reassuring one for both parents and children.
Jul 07, 2009 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gambar buku ini bagus banget! Ceritanya sederhana dan kalimatnya ngga panjang. Intinya, buku ini mengajarkan kita untuk sabar dan menerima orang lain apa adanya.
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Mar 24, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book! infact I love it so much I named my daughter ruby
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Jonathan Emmett was born in Leicestershire in 1965, the son of a factory fitter and a primary school teacher.

Jonathan loved books from an early age and some of his earliest memories are of visiting his local library. The picture books that he borrowed then, including Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson h

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