by Connie Kaldor • translated by Yanitzia Canetti
Available now • Secret Mountain • Ages 5-7
Parents' Choice Gold Award and Juno winner for Best Children's Album of the Year -- now available in Spanish from Secret Mountain, publisher of high-quality picture books, video and music for children.
Story: A little duck from the heartland dreams big -- making it to New York City and doing his ducky dance on Broadway! An adventurous journey bound for failure? Not when Duck meets up with truck driver Big Betty, who tells him "yes you can" with a nudge and point in the right direction of the Big Apple.
The original release (in English) won a Parents' Choice Gold Award and a Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of a Grammy!) for Children's Album of the Year. This new edition, translated by Yanitzia Canetti (who also translates the Dr. Seuss books) and with songs from Ines Canepa, includes narration of the story and the title song -- plus 11 additional songs in Spanish, featuring alligators who like to waltz at midnight, and opera-singing slugs who sneak out at night to dance the boogie-woogie, among others.
Story-behind-the-story: Connie Kaldor explains, "The idea for A Duck in New York City came to me after playing a gig in New York City while I was on my way to the airport, heading back home. There was a lone rubber ducky on the back seat in my cab, and I just started making up stories to the driver about how he got there. The next thing you knew I had a story and song about a little duck from the prairie who dreams about making it big on Broadway.
And Big Betty, the truck-driver who helps the little duck, is a character that I really wanted to put in there. She’s like some musicians I’ve met on tour: a true road-warrior, a sister, a generous soul. Of course, in the end, the little duck makes it to New York on his own, and goes on to have a pretty interesting life. It beats swimming back and forth in a little pond! When we recorded the Spanish version, it was important for me that Yanitzia Canetti and Ines Canepa capture the spirit of the project, especially the humor, even if that meant sometimes changing the words here and there. They were both very generous and made it their own, making sure that our little dancing duck was right at home!"