This is a really sweet, gentle story about a family of ducks, written in the 1940's (I think). I hardly ever buy 'old fashioned' stories like this, but we were given it by an american friend, as it is a classic over there.
I have to say this is one of the very favourite children's books in our household. Beautiful pencil sketch drawings by a proper artist, and a simple storyline, well told. We use this book as the ultimate soothing story for those difficult bedtimes when our 4 year old just won't settle. There is something about the story that always does the trick.
My husband and I love it because it is the complete opposite of today's TV-tie in, commercialised, computer-generated kids stories. We have lots of those as well, and like many of them, but this feels like a classic story from a time when stories were written properly! If I could give it 6 stars, I would.