Early one morning, Mama Duck takes her babies—Pippin, Bippin, Dippin, and last of all Little Joe—for a walk. They follow safely behind her as they leave their pond, waddle through the park, and stop in the little sunlit town's parking lot for yummy breakfast. But one by one, Mama's little ducklings get separated when they disappear into the slats of the town's storm drain. How three firemen and a pickup truck rush to their rescue makes for a vivid and exciting drama that children will return to over and over again.
Reminiscent of Robert McCloskey's Make Way For Ducklings, this engaging and charming rescue story actually happened in June 2000 in the town of Montauk, New York, at the end of Long Island. Shortly after this incident, the town replaced the storm drain gate with one that has narrower openings that are safe for future ducking crossings.
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