Arthur Getz ~ Golden Press, 1972
Found a huge score of books at a local thrift shop that I had when I was little. It's so weird to find stuff that didn't necessarily influence you enough to remember, but once you see it, tons of bells go off. I knew my son would like Hamilton Duck (as I once did) because he loves anything that includes his favorite animal ~ the duck. So when I whip this one out, I have to be prepared for four or five readings in a row, at least.
Autumn had come.
Every day the leaves fell.
Birds began to disappear.
Hamilton Duck decided to go for a swim.
When he got to the pond,
the water was as hard
as the floor of the barn.
What follows is a brief but funny interaction between a duck oblivious of winter and a fish annoyed by an oblivious duck. The author was a prolific New Yorker magazine illustrator, and this book was followed by a springtime sequel two years later. A short and sweet story with to-the-point pictures and lots of personality. Plus, it has that great Golden Press oversized feel which really reminds me of books from that era.