If my count is correct, this magnificent children's picture book has exactly 28 words. Twenty-eight!
Not 1,300 ... not 1,000 ... not even 852 ... but, twenty-eight very effective words.
The illustrations carry the story and delight the reader. The talented Nancy Tafuri, who wrote and illustrated this gem, was so very clever when she crafted this Caldecott Honor and ALA Notable Book.
From the words, we know it takes place early in the morning, and that the mother duck is trying to find her missing duckling.
With each turn of the page, the child reader gets to search and point out where the little missing duckling is hiding. It has been tested repeatedly in our house, and consistently results in delightful giggles when the wayward duckling is spotted.
Oh, how I wish I could create such gorgeous pictures. This book is proof that illustrations can truly tell a wonderful story and, sometimes, words are optional.