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Duck & Goose (Duck & Goose)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,511 Ratings  ·  155 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
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
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
May 15, 2008 Heidi 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.
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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
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
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.
Jan 19, 2015 Lydia rated it liked it
Duck and Goose locate a strange object that they believe to be an egg, but as they don't really know what it is, they both claim it as their own. After arguing over it at first, they start to work together for the good of the egg, only to have it end with a different surprise.

A fun little story on sharing. Duck and Goose both have quite the personalities, but soon are having fun together rather than trying to keep the other one away.

No content issues.

Jun 22, 2015 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
I love Duck and Goose like I love Sherlock and John Watson. Or Miles and Ivan. Or Marcus and Yardem. They're just a great duo, and they're darn fun to read about. I have been known to read these books when my infant son isn't even in the room. Or awake. It's just a fun story--well-written, skillfully illustrated, amusing, and well-developed. Exactly what a child's book should be.
A.b. Hushour
Apr 18, 2014 A.b. Hushour rated it liked it
I have read several of the Duck & Goose books, and find them all to be pretty enjoyable. This one threw me for a loop though, as I actually believed, based on the distortion of the illustrations, that the ball was actually an egg. Total shock when I got to the end and it was revealed that the two characters where actually nesting a rubber ball. I felt their shame and embarrassment.
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
Nestor Panchez
Jun 24, 2014 Nestor Panchez rated it it was amazing
In this book duck and goose both find a ball and seem to believe it is an egg. They both argue on to see who gets to keep the egg. They soon start to plan on what they're going to do with the egg and plan on raising it right. They soon meet a blue bird who tells them that the "egg" they found is a ball.
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
Aug 11, 2014 Joanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
A duck and a goose both find an egg. They both claim rights to it, but they agree that it is beautiful. They fight to take care of the egg, each saying what they are going to do to raise the bird inside. Their hopes and dreams soon merge and the two bond, only to figure out that their precious egg is actually just a rubber ball.
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
Sue Keay
Jul 18, 2014 Sue Keay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I coudl read this book to my children every night. Some nights I still do although at 10 and 7 my kids claim to be too old for it. Still, they enjoy my enjoyment of this book. Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated. A book about assumptions.
Carlos Rodriguez
this children's book is about how a duck and a goose. They find a egg and they wanted to take care of the egg. they started fighting over the egg so they can show it new things.But later on one of their friends tell them it is a ball.
Christine Rocha
Jun 23, 2014 Christine Rocha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is great.The illustration is really fun and colorful. Its about a duck and goose and they find a "egg" and fight about taking care of it.At the end they find out it wasn't a egg it was a ball.
Henry Martin
Mar 27, 2014 Henry Martin rated it really liked it
A very entertaining, silly story about a duck, a goose, and a colorful ball. Their arguing is hilarious, their actions even more. It takes a little blue bird to realize they have been wrong all along.
Sep 24, 2014 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: samuel-count
For a book that has so many words to it, the author did not cover a lot of ground in this one. I felt like I had to speed through this book to keep my attention and my son's attention.
Aubree Cash
Sep 02, 2014 Aubree Cash rated it liked it
Not a bad picture book for very young children. Hard back books are great for children who like to put things in their mouths! I would use this book for daycare rather anything older.
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
Feb 15, 2016 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Love this story of begrudging friendship. The pictures are very cute, but the layouts are sometimes wonky. Would definitely read more in the series.
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 don ...more
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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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