Project Description



by Kevin Luthardt

PEEP! A duckling breaks through its shell and immediately attaches itself to the first thing it sees—a warmhearted young boy.

The newly hatched duck follows the boy home and soon the two are inseparable. But the duckling is growing up. One day…QUACK! When a flock of ducks flies by the boy realizes with a great pang of sorrow that his friend will have to return to live among its own kind.

Kevin Luthardt’s deceptively simple story poignantly and humorously dramatizes the special tale of friendship and demonstrates the importance of learning to let go of something you love.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN:  978-1-56145-046-6
Publication Date: 1/1/2003
Page Count: 36
Size: 8-1/4″ x 7-3/4″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-682-6
Publication Date: 2/1/2012
Page Count: 36
Size: 8-1/4″ x 7-3/4″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Format: Board Book
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-200-0
Publication Date: 8/1/2020
Page Count: 22
Size: 6-3/4″ x 5-5/8″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
F&P: GRL E, Gr 1, Genre F
Themes: Change, Friendship, Pets
BISAC 1: JUV002040 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 2: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship


“[Luthardt] invests every scene with a visual and emotional depth that draws in the audience.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The flat, full-bleed illustrations have well-defined lines, and the art conveys a lot of feeling in its simplicity. The somber colors suit the tale, which is both bittersweet and heartwarming.” ―School Library Journal

“Luthardt does a lot with a little in this delightful book starring a little duck.” ―Booklist

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“The book’s strength is the directness and speed with which art and minimal text tell the story. Pastel and mixed-media illustrations are on colored paper, which imparts warmth and a pleasing texture.” ―The Horn Book Magazine

“This book is a bright introduction to the pleasures of a picture book.” ―A Page in a Book

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Children’s Choices ―International Reading Association, Children’s Book Council, 2004

Illinois Reads (Ages 0-4) ―Illinois Reading Council, 2014

Meet the Author/Illustrator

Kevin Luthardt is the author-illustrator of several books, including Larabee, Peep! and Flying! He is an artist and muralist whose work appears in galleries and other venues. He received a BFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He lives in Illinois.