From celebrated author-illustrator Kurt Cyrus comes a playful and whimsical picture book that celebrates the excitement and anticipation of a soon-to-be-born baby.
It’s springtime, and the pond is bursting with new life. There are beaver pups, heron hatchlings, and lots and lots of ducklings. Everyone is out and about, swimming, flapping, chirping, and quacking—except for one family of geese. When, oh when, will their last little one break on out and join the waiting world?
In a nest by a springtime pond, several baby Canada geese hatch from their eggs, but one straggler remains in its shell. In gentle urging verse that seems to channel the voice of the geese's mother, Cyrus (Billions of Bricks) addresses the gosling inside the unopened egg: "Buds are bursting open./ Sprouts are breaking through./ Eggs are hatching everywhere./ You can do it too!" Cyrus's artwork is exquisite in its attention to detail, from the mottled texture of the mother goose's webbed feet to the goslings' downy feathers and the translucence of broken eggshells; shifts in perspective capture the buzz of activity within this ecosystem from multiple angles. When the last gosling emerges, Cyrus wisely resists an "Aww, isn't that cute?" moment, instead portraying the newborn as bedraggled, soggy feathered, and rather dazed a far cry from its adorable, fluffy brethren. Ages 2 8.