Dilly is with her Mommy Duck and three siblings when one of her feathers blows away and she hurries off to catch it. Dilly meets several friends who try to help her get her feather, a hedgehog and a mouse. Finally she gives up and goes home to Mommy Duck, who explains that those are just her baby feathers - soon she will have grown-up feathers like her mother. Dilly happily swims off with her family, knowing she doesn't need those baby feathers anymore.
Chapman's soft, glowing illustrations will be familiar to fans of Karma Wilson's popular Bear books and they are a good fit for the sweet, cozy feel of the story. The book is a little wordy for a toddler audience, but for that small group of children who will sit still for a longer story it's an excellent choice.
The book is formatted with a padded cover, one of the things I irrationally hate. I don't know that they're actually less sturdy than ordinary books, but I hate the feel of them and feel that the hinges disintegrate more readily.
Verdict: If you purchase padded board books and need more on the longer side, this is a good additional choice.
ISBN: 9781589255784; Published 2004 by Tiger Tales; Borrowed from another library in my consortium