A Duck in New York City

Story and songs Connie Kaldor Illustrations Fil & Julie

The title story-song is about a little duck from the Prairies who has a big dream: making it to New York City and doing his ducky dance on Broadway! It turns out to be an adventurous journey that appears bound for failure until he meets up with a truck driver named Big Betty. She points him in the right direction and gives him that little nudge he needs to tackle the Big Apple! Additional songs penned by Connie Kaldor feature alligators that waltz at midnight, little girls who sing off-key to get tomatoes thrown at them and opera-singing slugs that sneak out at night to do the boogie-woogie.

Age: 2-7 / Pub date: 2006


Connie Kaldor is “one of Canada’s most significant contemporary folk performers” (Billboard Magazine). Her song, Wood River is considered by many to be the quintessential Saskatchewan song. In 2007, she was appointed to the Order of Canada.


The duo Fil & Julie (Philippe Arseneau Bussières and Julie Saint-Onge Drouin) has illustrated several albums, such as Gratien Gratton prince de la gratouille (Dominique et Cie),  Fanfaron (Les 400 Coups), À l'école des petits magiciens (Bayard Presse) and Time for Bed (Owl Publications).

Quotes from the press

“A dozen hilarious songs”
Canadian Family

“A feast for the eyes”
Foreward Magazine

“The songs are inspired, the production immaculate and the 3-D illustrations are terrific”


Parents’ Choice Gold Award 

National Parenting Publications Association (NAPPA) Honors Award

2004 Juno Award (Canadian equivalent to the Grammy Award) - Children’s Album of the Year

"One Picture Book, One Community" literacy campaign in Miami, FL (Selection)


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