One of my favorite classic titles is Ducky by Eve Bunting with illustrations by David Wisnewski (Clarion/HMH, 1998). I actually have the original art work for the cover of this book, in my "art gallery." The title is still available in paperback. Two of my other favorites are by my friend Toni Buzzeo, Dawdle Ducking, with illustrations by Margaret Spendler (Dial, 2003). There is a sequel, Ready or Not, Dawdle Duckling (Dial, 2005). If you are interested in ducks you may want to go to Toni's site and download her "Teaching About Ducks" list of sites about ducks https://www.tonibuzzeo.com/EDUCATORS_files/teachingaboutducks.pdf
But meanwhile these books gave me inspiration for transforming a set of plain white towels into a housewarming gift for a family with a small child. This set is child worthy.
This is a standard set of towels: two bath towels, two hand towels, and two wash cloths. I got these at Target. They are soft and the bath towels are generous in size (30 inches x 54 inches) and 100% cotton.
We have a pattern that you can access here.
There is a list of items needed, on the graphic to the left. The large (JUMBO @ 1.5 inches wide) rickrack is difficult to find but you can order it from the Ribbon Retreat in a variety of colors. You might find it locally for less.
The final sewing step is to sew on the rickrack. You will need approximately 1/2 yard for each bath towel. Sew the light blue rickrack first - seam it on one side, turn and pin horizontally across the towel. The rickrack should be positioned in such a manner that the duck appears to be swimming in the water. When you reach the other side, Fold a piece of the rickrack under and top stitch so frayed edges do not show.
Then replace the light blue thread with dark blue to match the dark rickrack and sew on the dark rickrack in the same manner that you did with the light blue rickrack. Position the dark blue rickrack in such a manner that it almost interlocks with the lighter piece.
The final sewing item is to create the eye on the duck. Put black thread in the top and use a stitch that you would normally use to sew on a two-hole button. Repeat the stitching so the black thread makes a significant eye on the duck. Repeat with the second duck. Finally...
The very last thing you should do is to find some great ducky books to tuck into the package. In addition to the classics I cited above here are a few more that you might consider.
Additional titles suggested by readersOf course the very popular and classic title, winner of the 1942 Caldecott Award.
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