New York: The Macmillan Company, 1961, stated first printing, boards with wrap-around painting of a little duckling watching his mother and siblings swim away through the reeds, in jacket identical to boards, 8.25x10.25; np. Picture Book Hardback.
"Quack-quack" and a little wild duck takes off on a lifetime adventure. From native marshland, to farmyard, to migration flying, to a free ride on an ocean liner, to Becky's back yard, the little wild duck grows and grows. And, when he becomes a handsome, green-headed mallard, he stretches his wings and wisely flies home - for wild ducks begin and belong in the marshland."
The author artists have added a beautiful watercolour painting in fall colours showing a mallard duck in a marsh watching the flock fly away over a pale sun, It covers the half title and facing page spread and is a gift to two daughters of a friend , inscribed, signed by each artist.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good jacket; no other names, clean and straight with rubs to extrems, and bottom edge, in clipped jacket with rubbed spine creases and wear to ends to 1/2", half inch creased tear on back margin. The painting is bright, clean, and crisp. Item #22758