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Duck & Goose (Duck & Goose)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  1,585 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
Here is the first book in the popular Duck & Goose line of picture books and board books. This New York Times Bestseller and ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book stars two unforgettable characters and is filled with humor that young children will appreciate—and recognize!

Duck and Goose have to work at getting along. You see, Duck doesn’t much care for Goose at first, and G
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Schwartz & Wade
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When Duck and Goose stumble upon an exciting discovery, they quickly claim the egg as their own. Neither wants to budge, so they both end up sitting on the egg, waiting for it to hatch. At first, they bicker over who would make the better parent, but as their vigil continues, friendship begins to crack through their crusty exterior as they become united in their concern for the chick.

I loved Tad Hills' How Rocket Learned to Read and this book shares the same winsome, thoughtful and gently humoro
Mar 19, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-fiction
This is a cute book about two friends who find a mysterious egg. After fighting over who gets to keep the egg, they learn to work together. Soon, they make a startling discovery.
Lisa Vegan
Apr 18, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
This book is adorable and very funny. I love this author-illustrator’s book [How Rocket Learned to Read] and now, after reading this book, I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for further books by Hills; I see there are other books about these characters. This is a lovely story about friendship, collaboration, and misunderstandings. The cover illustration did not appeal to me but once I got into the story, I ended up enjoying all the illustrations. My favorite illustrations are the atypical ...more
Masoomeh Tavakoli
عنوان ترجمه ی فارسی: تخم مرغ خال خالی
May 15, 2008 Heidi-Marie rated it really liked it
I really like these Goose and Duck books. I love the illustrations. And I like the stories. I like how these behavior lessons (getting along, compromising, working together) are portrayed. It's just sad there isn't some kind of adult to "reign them in" or correct their actions.
Aug 29, 2016 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
So, so funny. I love seeing the friendship of Duck and Goose growing as they take care of their "egg." And the ending always cracks everyone up.
Oct 14, 2007 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
I adore the Duck and Goose books - great illustrations, cute stories, and a wonderful sense of humor. One of my standard go-to recommendations when people used to ask me at the bookstores.
Oct 12, 2012 Bree rated it did not like it
appropriate subtitle would be Duck and Goose teach kids how to fight
This is the first book in the popular Duck & Goose picture books series.

Duck and Goose have to work at getting along. You see, Duck doesn’t much care for Goose at first, and Goose isn’t fond of Duck. But both want the egg that each claims to be his. As the two tend to their egg, and make plans for the future, they come to appreciate one another’s strengths. And when a bluebird points out that it isn’t really an egg—it’s a polka dot ball—the two are not dismayed. After all, it is a lovely ba
Sarah Clanton
Sep 12, 2016 Sarah Clanton rated it liked it
Duck and Goose written and illustrated by Tad Hills is about a duck and a goose that have a little argument. When they stumble across an abandoned egg, they fight to claim it as their own. They eventually begin to agree with each other, until they realize that the egg is not at all what they thought. In the end they get along just fine and are the best of friends, contrary to the beginning.
Theme: Fighting with friends is often times pointless and will resolve on its own.
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Sep 12, 2016 Booklover1 rated it it was amazing
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Margaret Welwood
Oct 21, 2015 Margaret Welwood rated it it was amazing
An aristocratic duck and a curmudgeonly goose find an egg in the meadow.
An egg, you say? Yes, of course. It’s round.
But the children in the story circle are laughing. They don’t believe it’s an egg. Perhaps it’s the utter roundness of the item, or the utter roundness and varied colors of the spots. No matter. Stories and eggs are serious business, and I continue.
Duck and Goose each lay claim to the egg. They squabble about who is to sit on it until they end up—uncomfortably—perched on top, back
Jessica Lynch
Apr 17, 2012 Jessica Lynch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eced-221
Duck and Goose is about a duck and goose arguing over a ball that they think is an egg. After a while of arguing, they become friends and talk about what they are going to do with the baby once it is hatched. They realize that it is a ball when the blue bird asks them if he can play with their ball too. This then causes the duck and goose to discuss how they both had their doubts about the "egg".

In the book Duck and Goose, Tad Hills brings the book alive with his style of writing and his illustr
Jennifer Wardrip
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When young duck and goose find a large, multi-colored, spotted "egg," bickering ensues. "I saw it first," proclaims Duck. "I touched it first," smirks Goose, putting one webbed foot on the egg. As the argument continues, over whose egg it is, and who will keep it warm until it hatches, a small blue bird looks on.

When the dust settles and feathers are unruffled, both Duck & Goose are atop the egg. As time passes, their arguments end, and they both be
Oct 02, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My four-year-old son picked this book out from our local library today.

I remember when this book was added to the library where I was working as a children's librarian. My colleagues and I fought over who would get to use this book first, not unlike Duck and Goose and their "egg". I didn't win, but I used the book for another story time later in the year.

Some of the language in the text was a bit above my son's level, so I had to adapt it a bit, but he still got the story. He still laughed at
Feb 14, 2015 Lynne rated it it was amazing
Best friends Duck and Goose found an "egg" and started squabbling over who owned it. Eventually they begin to take care of the egg by sitting on it together to keep it warm. They start to imagine all the things they will teach the baby when it hatches. All of these dreams are cut short when bird comes along and inadvertently points out their error.

I love these two characters and Hills' artwork and stories. I first found the board book versions of them, and my granddaughter loves those. She just
Jun 03, 2012 Romelle rated it it was amazing

This is a heart-warming, yet funny, story about a duck and a goose who squabble over their discovery.
"...what is that?" asked Duck.
"It's a big egg, of course," said Goose.

The dialogue between Duck and Goose is authentic and hilarious that you can't help but fall in love with these characters. These apparent strangers eventually come to terms with their shared responsibility of caring for the egg. Throughout the process, their relationship flourishes. But instead of two budding friends, they end
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Sonya Feher
Jun 21, 2009 Sonya Feher rated it really liked it
Duck and Goose are great role models for kids. We don't always get along with our friends and sometimes we want what they have. As Duck and Goose compete for control of what they think is an egg, they realize how much they have in common and find a way of coming together to reach a shared goal. Before they come together though, they almost come apart:

"Duck and Goose each thought."

Duck's thoughts: "this egg is private property. Duck's egg. No Geese allowed. No honking. 5 $ fine"

Goose's thoughts
Aug 15, 2007 babyhippoface rated it it was amazing
When Duck and Goose come upon a polka-dotted ball in the field, they both think it’s an egg and argue over ownership as they wait for it to hatch. This is an utterly charming story wit comical oil illustrations that capture the curiosity, anger, and stubborness of the little birds as they scrap over the ball. Even the youngest listeners will recognize the birds’ mistake immediately and will giggle with delight as they vie for the “egg.” Hills has hatched a winner that is sure to make its way to ...more
Andrew Reyes
Sep 03, 2012 Andrew Reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book started with the duck and goose finding a big colorful and fighting over whose it was. They gave reasons why the other would be a better parent and finally decided to sit on it together until it hatches. While sitting they talked about the things that they would provide for the young animal and started to agree upon parenting techniques. When this happened a bird came by and explained to them that the egg was a ball and they became friends and played with the ball. This book had more ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it
Read to my Pre K to 1 classes. This was a good story about a friendship growing. Needed just one good picture actually showing the moment when they changed from rivals to friends. Children need to see it, inferring is still a skill they build on. I really had to pull it out. But the story is worth it! Graphics are great, never had so many giggles over a ball/egg kerfuffle. Publisher also covered up the thought bubbles. Some language may be have to be reworked before you read. I got it, but I ...more
One day Duck and Goose encounter a very large round object. They both decide it's an egg and have immediate thoughts on who's it should be. They both decide that it should be kept warm but begin to fight over who should have the privilege of keeping it warm. Goose and Duck end up both on top of the egg, fighting for space to sit. Then they begin to argue back and forth about what lessons each bird will teach the child. Throughout this process the fighting becomes less and Goose and Duck realize ...more
Katlyn Zimmerle
Duck and Goose is aimed toward lower elementary students and focuses on getting along well with others. In the story Duck and Goose think they stumble upon an egg and fight over who gets to take care of whatever may be inside of the egg. It isn’t until the end of the story that they find out they were sitting on and caring for a ball. It is here they realize their fighting was silly and together played with the ball. The book is a little text heavy for Early Childhood students, but would work ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Ciera rated it it was amazing
Short, sweet, and cute! Very funny story line about a duck and goose who argue over an "egg" they find.... however the egg is actually a ball. The ducks are arguing over who gets to keep the egg in the beginning, but soon become friends. These two characters are great for children to look up to. It's all about putting differences aside, and creating friendships. Although sometimes you may not always see eye to eye with someone, it's always better to be friends than fight! Very cute ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Emese rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-12-books
Set in the meadow near a farm, the picture book tells the story of two unwilling friends who come together in order to keep their new-found “egg” safe. Duck and Goose argue over who should be the owner of the polka dotted shape, but when they see no other option, they grudgingly agree to take care of the “egg” together. The two bond over their responsibilities, and when a little bird points out that the “egg” is indeed a ball, the two are happy to play together. The colorful oil paintings add to ...more
Jun 27, 2011 jacky rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I read Natalie a board book about these two characters a long time ago and didn't realize until much later that they are series characters. I've thought about going back to them, but just hadn't yet. This book was at the Portland Children's Museum, and I read it to Natalie to help keep her occupied while she ate her snack. It was a bit long for that purpose, but Natalie showed some interest at the beginning despite her stimulating surroundings. I continued to like Duck and Goose and found the ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Kayla rated it it was amazing
This is a great little story about two friends who want this big egg for themselves. They end up coming together to take care of the egg, until someone else comes along and let's them know its not an egg. This is a really cute and funny story. It kind of correlates with becoming a teacher. You make this big plan about what you are going to do and it always changes and never turns out the way you planned. Cute little book that I will have in my classroom.
Duck and Goose find an egg. (if you can't tell from the cover, it's really a ball). there is a brief argument whether it belongs to who saw it or who touched it first. (I like 'Finders Keepers" by Nikolas better). But the two come to a grudging agreement and eventually plan to teach their hatchling how to both quack and honk. Then the little blue bird comes along and bursts their bubble-it's really a ball.... pretty cute. Super cute drawings.
Jan 29, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
Duck & Goose is a book that addresses different of opinions, ownership, sharing, and friendship. The plot of the story is that both duck and goose believe that they found an egg. Each wants to take care of this egg. They argue and fight but in the end they find friendship because of their similar interest in the egg. It ends up however that the egg is a ball. This book would be great in a k-2nd grade classroom to address how to handle problems with sharing and getting along.
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“Whenever I picture myself [as a child],” says Tad Hills, “I am doing art. I spent a lot of time on my own making things, drawing, and painting.” Hills was not consciously trying to become an artist, rather his motives were innocent and pure. “I liked making things,” he says.

As a graduate of Skidmore College in New York with a degree in art, Hills describes himself as the ultimate freelancer. He’s
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