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Have You Seen My Duckling?

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An anxious mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 21st 1991 by Greenwillow Books (first published March 12th 1984)
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Apr 10, 2015 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is so much fun to share with a group, or even one-on-one.

Before opening the book, talk about what is shown on the cover. "What do you see?" "Do you think this is the mother duck?" "How many ducklings are in her family?" "What is flying beside the mother?"

Turn to the title page. Ask more questions. (This is called "dialogic reading, and not only is it fun to do but it also helps prepare children to read independently!) "Uh-oh, what is happening here?"

Turn the page. Read the text: EARLY ONE
A sweet and nearly wordless picture book featuring an anxious mother duck searching for one of her eight ducklings (which is always depicted as present in the picture, but hiding at the very edge of each illustration spread), I can certainly understand how and why Have You Seen My Duckling won a Caldecott Honour Medal (the illustrations are descriptive, detailed and fun, with a colour scheme that is both bright and muted at the same time). While I personally find the simple narrative (the entire ...more
May 05, 2016 Beverly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
This almost wordless book is great for very young children, as they try to find the wayward duckling in each picture. Mama Duck spends some time looking for her eighth duckling, and asking other pond-dwelling creatures if they have seen it; while the reader is encouraged to locate the missing duckling in each double-page illustration. Children can also count the ducklings in each picture. The pictures are well-executed, but the artist keeps them simple and large, so very young children can under ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Tamara rated it really liked it
Summary: This children's book has been awarded the Caldecott Honor. It's a very short story about a mother who has lost one of her little ducklings. Throughout the story, she asks the same question to several, different animals, "have you seen my duckling?" Eventually, the little, lost duckling finds his way back to his mother. It is a fantastic book for new readers who like to use their growing imaginations to make their own stories. The children are able to use the detailed illustrations to cr ...more
This is a nearly wordless book with the story being told almost entirely in the illustrations. The illustration on the title page shows seven ducklings in a nest with an eighth just escaping over the edge of the nest, intent on investigating a moth that just flew by. On the next page you see him swimming away while the others call after him. Besides the text on this page which says "Early one morning..." the only other text in the story is "Have you seen my duckling?" as the mother duck and her ...more
Andrea Wickenhagen
Dec 02, 2013 Andrea Wickenhagen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Have you seen my duckling is a Caldecott Honor Book. Its pictures are incredible and so enjoyable to look at. It is a story about the adventure a momma duck and her ducklings go on one morning. However one terrible thing happens along they way. She loses one of her ducklings. So she proceeds to ask everyone else around the pond if they have seen her duckling. The bird, nor the turtle, or the beaver, nor the fish had seen the duckling. It is not until the end of the story that the lost duckling r ...more
Jared Little
Apr 18, 2014 Jared Little rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I had a kindergartener read this one to me during my field experience yesterday. It is a story that contains a great deal of artwork and simple sentences on each page. I kept on imagining pairing this book with a science assignment, as it shows pictures of different pond animals as the mother duck searches for her missing duckling. Many of the animals in the pictures are common to Minnesota and it would be fun to teach different animal types using a story like this one. An excellent read for a k ...more
A mama duck and her darling ducklings go in search of one missing duckling. The illustrations are realistic and quite beautiful. Plus, the missing duckling is "hidden" on each page. Perfect for young children or beginning readers.
Andrew Foster
Mar 07, 2012 Andrew Foster rated it really liked it
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2nd

This was a great book. I found myself looking for duckling on each page and exploring each page for the types of animals that live in the pond. This book would be perfect to use in animal lesson! As I was reading the book, I was envisioning lessons that could be done and questions I could ask my students as I read the book. There are many possibilities for this book to used in class, even though the book repeated the same phrase over and over again. The phrase was
Nov 11, 2015 Brooke rated it it was amazing
In this almost wordless picture book, the author uses illustrations to show the course of how a mother duck loses track of one of her little ducklings. Through the use of the repetitive sentence “ Have you seen my duckling?” young readers are able to join in on the reading without having to explicitly decode each word presented. This is a very language provoking book to use with children who are developing a language and/or who are at the early stages of acquiring language and literacy because i ...more
Kristin Crockett
Title: Have You Seen My Duckling?
Author: Nancy Tafury
Genre: Predictable Book
Themes: Mother’s Nurturing/ Love, Family
Opening line/sentence:
Have you seen my duckling?
Brief Book Summary:
A baby duckling wonders off and the Momma Duck can’t find it. Momma duck swims around the pond searching for her duckling and asking other members of the pond if they have seen her duckling anywhere. At the end, she finds her duckling whom was never far away!
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Sep 17, 2015 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: wordless
I'm not a big fan of wordless picture books; it takes a lot of skill to tell a story solely through pictures and, unfortunately, many who try at it don't succeed. That being said, Have You Seen My Duckling? is, in my opinion, okay. In this picture book, a Mother duck loses her baby duckling and goes on a wild duck hunt, if you will. Nancy Tafuri presents lovely illustrations that lend themselves to being a teaching tool for young children. I can imagine that kids would love to look through these ...more
Laura Verret
I gotta say, I would have never thought a person would pull this one off – much less win a Caldecott Honor Medal while they were at it. But by reading the title of this book – Have You Seen My Duckling? – you have effectively just read the entire book.

That’s right, the book consists of the one phrase, repeated over and over as a momma duck swims about searching for her lost little duckling who swam out after a butterfly early one morning.

Oh, right, that last phrase “early one morning” was on the
Sabrina Parsons
Mar 08, 2015 Sabrina Parsons rated it liked it
Have you seen my duckling is a very simple but fun and exciting book. It is about a mother duck who takes her young ducklings on a trip to find her one missing duckling. They travel around their living area with the mother asking all the different animals if they have seen her missing duckling. In the end she spots her duckling and once they find each other they swim back to their nest and all rest happily.
The only text in this book is "have you seen my duckling?" In a sense this is a wordless
Aiyana Martinez
Jan 20, 2015 Aiyana Martinez rated it liked it
This wonderful book is base around a mother trying to find her missing duckling. The book starts off with the duckling that goes missing chasing a butterfly and the mother immediately notices she only has seven ducklings instead of eight. Some pages in the book have no words so you sort of interrupt what is happening by looking at the picture, but the mother goes through different types of friends of species asking them if they have seen her duckling. At the end of book the duckling comes back a ...more
Haley Dowty
Sep 18, 2014 Haley Dowty rated it really liked it
Shelves: wordless
Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri is an almost wordless book. The only words are "early one morning," and "have you seen my duckling?" The illustrations tell the whole story in this book. This would be a good book for a small group or one-on-one. I would suggests a smaller group of people so that they children can explore the illustrations better. They are big and detailed. with a lot of students, they might not be able to see the hidden lost duckling in every scene. Children will enjoy ...more
Zahava Davis
May 09, 2015 Zahava Davis rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction: Definitely an early reader book. A lot of repetition (it mainly just repeats the title), with great artwork on each pages that carries the story. Very cute and simple.
Read Aloud- This would be an excellent book to start off a unit on animals and families and their environmental habits with VERY young children.
Independent Reading- I would assign this book to a younger reader who is beginning to grasp following stories through picture a little better. The book does a gr
Aubrey Foulds
Sep 10, 2015 Aubrey Foulds rated it liked it
This book relies very heavily on the illustrations to tell the story. As the mother duck and her ducklings travel through their day, ducklings continue to hide and the fun lies in locating them from where they peek out. The story is open to interpretation to an extent, giving children the option to interact with each page by counting duckings, looking at the different animals the duck family encounters, and searching the pages for the missing duckling(s).
While the artwork is very realistic and
Jul 21, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their little ones
Sweet board book that has more pictures than words, it's almost a wordless book. And the pictures are gorgeous, truly worthy of the Caldecott Honor. It's a fun story to read aloud with children, pointing out the hidden duckling and looking at all of the interesting creatures in the story.
Linda Lipko
This is a cute, delightful tale of a mother duck searching for one of her ducklings. It is a story of a duckling who seeks freedom, but only if he/she can keep mother in sight.
Oct 29, 2008 April rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storyhour-books
Very cute, very simple story that went over very well at my Tot-Time program.
May 08, 2009 Dutchbaby rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: toddlers
My kids loved looking for the little duckling on every single page.
Maggie Cheesman
Jan 28, 2016 Maggie Cheesman rated it it was ok
Have You Seen My Duckling? has very colorful illustrations. Even though the drawings aren't very detailed, the illustrations make up for it. The illustrations help the children understand the book more. I think the colors help draw the children in and the colors also make the children more focused and they would pay attention more closely to the book. I found this book very interesting because of how colorful the illustrations are. The colors brought me in and I found this book very interesting ...more
Jul 07, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri is an eight word book, repeating the title question: Have you seen my duckling? One of her eight ducklings has swum off, having an adventure as he follows an insect, and swims around never too far from his family and visible to the reader within each picture. The duckling is finally reunited with his family, who are shown sleeping in their nest as fireflies light up the night.

The text features a large font and repetition of five words, making it a perf
Holly Hardwick
Jan 31, 2013 Holly Hardwick rated it really liked it
I thought Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri was a really cute book that didn't require much text to support the story. The plot is that a mother duck loses one of her ducklings and is searching the pond and asking the other creatures that live there if they have seen her missing baby. This would be a good book for younger grades like K-2 and could be used to teach not only reading with pictures, but also science through discussion of the different animals featured in the book and their ...more
Amy Clinton
Sep 30, 2013 Amy Clinton rated it really liked it
Shelves: 642
Have You Seen My Duckling is a very cute picture book without many words. It occasionally asks "Have You Seen My Duckling?" as the mother duck swims around the pond with the rest of her Ducklings. You can see the missing duckling in every page, you just have to look for him. At the end of the story the lost duckling returns to his mother and they all cuddle and go to sleep.

This is a very good story that can be used for teaching about the different animals in different habitats. It can also be us
Dec 03, 2011 Colby rated it liked it
Shelves: wordless
Have You Seen My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri is a good picture book for young children to read. It starts out with a sentence "Early one morning..." and then leads into a few pages of pictures. This allows children to see the picture but imagine what they see and how they think the story should be told. It allows children to use their imagination and how they want the story to be. Throughout the middle of the book, the mother duck is continuously asking other animals if they have seen her duckling. ...more
Kristalina O'bannon
Apr 11, 2014 Kristalina O'bannon rated it really liked it
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Maritza Andrade
Sep 09, 2015 Maritza Andrade rated it it was amazing
One thing that I noticed from this book was that in all the pages there were either leaves or grass. Both this plants had a green color and thin lines, meaning that the picture reflects nature and calmness.
The book doesn't have many words, but when it does, the words are shown on blue, which also reflects being calm.
On every picture, the lost duckling could be seen by the reader, but not to the rest of the ducklings, the mother, and the other animals.
I like how the missing duck is always somewhere on the page for the students to find. I was confused on one page because one of the other ducklings was popping out from under a lily pad. This book is a good book for relaxing. we could work on counting by counting the ducklings.

Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 1.5
Lexile Measure: 20L
DRA: 1
Guided Reading: A
Type of Book: Read-Aloud Book

1985 Caldecott Honor: Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri (Greenwillow)
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Nancy Tafuri is probably best known as the creator of Have You Seen My Duckling?, a 1985 Caldecott Honor Book described by Parent’s Choice as “beautifully precise yet emotionally affecting.” Trained as a graphic designer, Tafuri has authored more than 45 books over 30 years for the very young.

When Tafuri first attempted picture book illustration in the late 1970’s picture books were aimed at five-
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