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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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