Baby animals are adorable. Crazy adorable. We know it and you know it, so there’s really no point in denying it. Just like there’s no denying those YouTube videos we’ve all surreptitiously watched, probably while we’re supposed to be working. The kitten playing with a baby hedgehog? Seen it. Puppies chasing laser pointers? Watched it on repeat. Animal moms adopting animal babies of a different species? We cry every dang time.
That said, you shouldn’t be surprised that we bluestockings really love books about baby animals, especially when those books are based on real-life critters. Hence the inclusion of the wonderful children’s book Lucky Ducklings in our Summer issue.
True story: In June of 2000, a parking-lot attendant at Kirk Park in Montauk, New York, watched a brood of ducklings fall into a storm drain. The attendant called the fire department, but the drain cover was too heavy for the firefighters to lift on their own. Enter a good Samaritan with a pick-up truck and a winch, who removed the drain cover so that the firefighters could rescue the ducklings. It took a village (nearly), but the little ones finally were returned to their frantic mama duck.
Author Eva Moore read about the ducklings in the newspaper and thought their adventure would make a great kids’ book. More than a decade passed before Lucky Ducklings finally was published, but we think it was worth the wait. The resulting tale of Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin, and Little Joe is a heartwarming story about humankind, community spirit, and all of that other good stuff that makes our days brighter. Plus it’s filled with cute pictures of fuzzy baby ducks!
To read more about the real-life saga as well as the book’s journey from news story to picture book, check out this article from the East Hampton Star.