Using his favorite characters, Willems tells the story of the little duckling who receives an nutty cookie and attracts the ire of Pigeon. Pigeon goes off on a rant about how he asks for all sorts of things, several humorous and unreasonable, and gets nothing. He resents that “ducklings get everything”. He finally asks “why did you get that cookie!?!” To which duckling responds, “So I could give it to you.”
While it’s a pretty simple story, it does open the door to discussions on entitlement, jealousy, generosity, assumptions, and other aspects of relationships. It’s also just plain funny.