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Dawdle Duckling

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  84 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Dawdle Duckling won't follow dutifully behind Mama Duck like his three siblings do. He's too busy preening and playing, splashing and spinning, dunking and dipping . . . and always, always dreaming. But he's in for a surprise: There's a crocodile waiting for a duckling lunch to swim by. When Mama quacks a warning, suddenly Dawdle Duckling isn't such a dawdler after all!

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 27th 2003 by Dial
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May 19, 2016 Elaine rated it it was ok
The alligator is enjoyable. Unlikely ending though.
Jul 26, 2012 LL rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
Awful. My son chose it from a book order at school...not money well spent. It is about a duckling that keeps disobeying his mother and talking back, and he ends up almost getting eaten by a crocodile. If only the croc hadn't missed....
Apr 07, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby
Nice colorful illustrations. Appropriate amount or words per page for early readers. Has quotes and expression e.i. "NO!" which is a good lesson for beginning readers. Text features include bold words and capitalized words "NO!". Figurative language included repetition and alliteration.
Tierra Wooten
Apr 21, 2016 Tierra Wooten rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-fiction
I would do an activity where my kids would have to make ducks and a habitat for them to live in. This would of course be a science lesson.
Sep 05, 2014 Rodolfo rated it it was ok
Incredibly similar to narrative to Stay Close to Mama with the same unsatisfying ending.
Jeanette Rakestraw
Family oriented book that teaches children the meaning of unconditional love. In a family, all children are different and the expectations of the parents will vary. This story let's children know that parents will protect you, care for you, and nuture you just as you are. The pages are colorful, there is repetition, and also counting.
Extention Activity: A group activity such as relay races will teach the children that until everyone has completed his/her leg, you are not done. You are a team and
Meg McGregor
Apr 30, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-lexi
Mmmmmm..... this duckling deserves a time out! Over and over again he tells his Mother no which I do not think is a good example for little ones to be following.

I know it is supposed to be in fun but it just seemed Mama Duck should have put her webbed foot down and put this mischievous duckling in time out.

The pictures are fantastic and quite engaging which is why I gave it the three stars.

Read again on April 30, 2014.
Mandy J. Hoffman
Apr 18, 2010 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-books

While this sports the adorable illustrations of Margaret Spengler, the story line leaves much to be desired. It may be cute, but there is an ugly side to this book when the little Dawdle Duckling tells his Mommy "no" over and over again. I used this book to point out how naughty Dawdle was being, but really, this book could be left unread and you could enjoy other ones instead.
A mother duck takes her four ducklings out for a swim. Ducklings one, two and three keep close to mom and don't wander off. Duckling four, however, has a bit of a short attention span. He is always wandering off, lagging behind. Mother duck is forever admonishing him to keep up. When a hungry crocodile creeps up behind him, Dawdle Duckling leaps quickly out of the way just in time.
Feb 06, 2013 Stacey rated it liked it
Shelves: children-books
One, two and three ducklings follow their Mama Duck everywhere. But dawdle duckling wanders here and there, until Mama Duck tells him to catch up.
This book has great illustrations and fun bright colors. The story is cute, fun and simple. It’s a great for starting readers with simple, repetitive words. Perfect for small children and the illustrations are really quite great.
Jun 05, 2011 Alba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a neat book about inevitable child when you have multiple children that seems to go his own way, but in the end Mom loves him the same and he always stays close enough to be protected by his mother.
Dec 19, 2013 Jayme rated it liked it
Shelves: ethans-books
I don't particularly care for this book, but Ethan likes to point out all the different animals that dawdle duckling meets along the way. When he sees the alligator he yells, "Oh, no! Alligator!"
Aug 01, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: laurie-books
Beautiful illustrations
Nov 03, 2008 Ayoca rated it really liked it
This book will be great to use in Math when discussing first, and on. Good to be used with k-1st grade. I am using it with my daughter to help her with first, second, etc. as well.
The book made this parent want to sit down and paint because the illustrations were so bright and eyecatching. The story is cute and very timely for preschoolers who like to dawdle!
Apr 28, 2011 Dee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dawdlers
Shelves: children-s-books
Very colorful. Cute story about a duckling who almost become an alligator dinner because of his dawdling.
Carol Jen
Dec 20, 2013 Carol Jen rated it it was amazing
So adorable. Great repetition in the story. Great storytime choice.
Apr 23, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: counting, ducks
Great pictures. Would be used well when teaching math to very young children. Very cute story.
Apr 25, 2013 Patty rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-picture
Cute illustrations. Nice story even though the fourth duckling is a brat.
Jun 04, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Very cute. Read it to my story time kids today
Apr 28, 2009 Christina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Very Cute!
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Jun 16, 2016
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