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Do Like a Duck Does!

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  241 ratings  ·  47 reviews
"Story hour alert! Here’s a book with a clever premise, a bouncy text, and sunny, funny pictures. . . . Supremely satisfying." — BOOKLIST (starred review)

Mama Duck has a good hunch that the big brown creature waddling behind her babies is no duck! As the foxy impostor sneaks closer and closer to Mama Duck’s trailing brood, little ones will delight in shouting out his ident
Paperback, 40 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published February 1st 2002)
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Hannah Givens
The fox is the villain, but it's very cute art and plot. The rhythm is more complex than some basic rhymes, but it'd be a delightful interactive read-aloud.
Lesley Dahlseng
Mama Duck is no fool when a foxy stranger attempts to sneak up on her ducklings. “Do you think you’re a duck?” she asks. When the fox answers that indeed he is a big brown duck, he must then attempt to prove himself. “Do like a duck does,” Mama Duck insists. Fox’s aversion to muck and beetles is not convincing, even despite his waddles and quacks. It turns out that Mama Duck is more cunning than the wily fox in this story, when she leads him right into the river. Fox is in no mood to continue hi ...more
Someone is trying to fit in with mama duck and her five ducklings. Is this stranger really up for mama ducks tests she has in store for him to prove if whether or not he really is a duck? I would definitely recommend this book to others, it’s a fun loving book that children will love and interact with.

Spoilers follow below…

The protagonist is the fox who tries to play off as being a duck to eat the ducklings. The antagonist is mama duck, she’s trying to prevent the fox from eating her young and c
Kaitlin Burke
Do Like a Duck Does by Judy Hindley is a children's picture book about a stranger that comes upon a mama duck and her ducklings, the stranger is a fox that is trying to eat the ducklings. The mama duck catches him and he tries to act like a duck but he is not good at being a duck. This picture book is great for children because of the great illustrations that portray the story well. This story's cover catches your attention because of the way the fox is trying to act like a duck, it makes you wa ...more
Andrew Stockle
“Do Like a Duck Does” is a very funny story about a momma duck and her ducklings who encounter a fox. As the fox tries to blend in and pretend he is a duck the momma duck recognizes that the fox is just that, a fox. This book is clearly for younger children who either do not yet know how to read or are just learning. It has big pictures which can help the child to see what is going on without reading the text. This book can be interactive; it repeats phrases very often such as “quack, quack, qua ...more
Jordan Brovelli
I chose this book for one of my picture story books because I really enjoyed the cover. It got my attention because it looked like a funny book since the fox is acting like a duck. I think kindergarteners would get a kick out of this book. It could be a great opportunity to have the children interact with the book because there are silly sounds that the duck and the fox make as the strut around. For example, when the ducks and the fox are being led by mama and they say "Hup Hup Hup." This would ...more
I love the pictures. And the story is fun. I really like the Mama Duck. I've seen this recommended for storytimes. It's too much for my toddler (aka infant) group. But is it too young for my preschool group?

8/10/10 & 8/12/10 This book turned out perfectly! The kids loved it so much. I think they loved the fact that they knew it was a fox from the beginning, and then enjoyed watching him try to be a duck and fail. By the second storytime I got better in reading it and putting in more animatio
This book was good enough...but I didn't love it. It seems I read a lot of books like rhymes (which I do like) but a fox, or wolf or bear is trying to portray themselves as the animal it wants to pictures are nice but the story is predicable... it was good enough but not an all time favorite!!
Sing the finger game song "Five Little Ducks" before sharing this book to get into the spirit of this hilarious story.

Five little ducks went out to play (hold up five fingers)
Over the hill and far away (move hand over shoulder and behind back)
When mother duck said "Quack, quack, quack" (clap hands three times)
Only four little ducks came back. (hold up four fingers)

Repeat til there are no ducks (fingers) and then suggest mother duck might call louder. Quack! Quack! Quack! (clap loudly three times
Ashley Fischer
The illustrations in this book really use great texture. The text on the trees, of the fox and the ducks is wonderful. With texture it gives the feeling of a real scene rather than just a general concept of what is happening. Also the illustrator does really well with using direction to direct the eyes of the viewer in the way they would like the viewer to look. The illustrator has positioned the characters in positions that point in the direction the viewer should look next. The illustrator als ...more
In Do Like a Duck Does a mama duck challenges a fox to prove he’s really what he says he is, a duck just like her and her ducklings. She takes him on a little duck adventure to prove him wrong, and with each activity along the way the fox becomes more and more discouraged, finally giving up. Its charming watercolor illustrations are soft and expressive, showing the fox’s fool-headedness and the mama duck’s smarts. This story is filled with repetition, rhyme, and onomatopoeia, making it an appeal ...more
Jennifer RDG 3320
This was the book that I used corresponding to Five little monkeys sitting in a tree. This book also helps the students to visualize how to count. When using these two books I had the students help me make charts stating what they thought the book was about by looking at the cover, what they knew at the end, and how the two books were alike. Using the hula hoops for this lesson and having the students place the correct word card in the circle was really great for kindergarten. The students were ...more
Ashlyn Kesler
Rhyme. Repetition of events. Onomatopoeia.
Alison Slack
Language Feature: rhyming/ sound mimic
Amber Basinger
The illustrations in this book are amazing. Bates uses a lot of texture in this paintings which make the pictures come to life. Younger children, especially kindergarten and first graders, will enjoy this book as they try to help Mama Duck find out about the fox.The students will pick up on the rhyming throughout the story, and soon be reading along. Students would be able to relate this book with many other traditional folklore.
What happens when a fox sets his sites on mama and baby ducklings? Mama gets wise! The fox may be tricky, but Mama Duck is smarter, putting the fox through a series of tests to see if he's really a duck, until finally he ends up drenched after chasing the ducklings into the pond. The book makes a good jumping off point for talking about dealing with strangers, and has a good message.
Courtney Turpen
The picture of this fox trying to act like a duck is fun. The illustrations go along great with this rhyming story line. The scary hairy fox tried all along to trick and fit in with the ducks, even though mother duck knew all along that it was a fox. She put her plan into action and had the fox running home. This book is fantastic for younger grades.
This book is great for ECE readers because of its presentation of animals and the fun, rhyming way the story is presented. A fox tries to sneak in with a group of ducks, but mama duck is too smart for him! Children will love the sounds this story has and they have the opportunity to act like a duck just like the ducks in the story.
Dolores Colarosa
I'm not sure who had more fun with this or the children! I loved the fact that the kids knew right from the start that the fox really isn't a duck, and their comments were hilarious! I followed the story with "Mama Duck" song, which reinforces counting as well as listening skills. Fun, fun!!
Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 11/20/11 -

This is a really fun little story. Julia had a really good time listening to it. The Mother duck is a hoot with her questions to the fox.
The pictures aren't bad, the animals are adorable of course. I think kids a little younger than Julia (she's 6) will love it even more.
A tried and true favorite of story times at our library. DO LIKE A DUCK DOES combines cute pictures, loud words and rhyming to something so simple as a fox wanting his next meal. Sadly, our copy is old and needs to be weeded, but hopefully we'll get another!
Msjennifers Corner
A story of a tricky fox attempting to infiltrate a duck family. Not when mama duck is around to root out the trickery. She plays along with him leading him to a bad fate that will send him packing for home empty handed and empty stomached!
Cayley Barton
This book was good. It teaches to always listen to your mom because she knows best and also don't talk to strangers because you don't know what they can do to you. This book is a good one to make children laugh.
Aug 14, 2007 Devony rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This was such a fun book! The illustrations (by Ivan Bates) are adorable and the text is very ryhthmic and lilting - you can't help but sing it. It's an adorable must have for ANY collection!
I love it when my "quick grabs" at the library become favorite reads. The clever mother duck wind my heart and the kids love to laugh at the silly not-so-sly fox.
We enjoyed reading this book for storytime together. That mama duck sure knows how to put a fox in his place (or maybe he just wasn't very hungry).
Michael D.
Children will love this math book which encourages the discussion of categories and classification. I think they will find it very amusing to imitate a duck.
Lisa Houlihan
I read this to the two Head Start classes through the library program I volunteer for. Great illustrations and concept but the "like" instead of "as" chafes.

By challenging a hairy stranger to imitate the behavior of herself and her ducklings, a mother duck proves that he is a fox and not a duck.
An Anna Grace favorite, recently re-discovered. Fun rhymes and cutesy clever-- I didn't mind reading it a couple hundred times!
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Judy Hindley, who has written more than fifty books for children, has a special knack for capturing the language and subjects that delight preschoolers. Among her books are THE BIG RED BUS, THE PERFECT LITTLE MONSTER, and THE BEST THING ABOUT A PUPPY. She is also the author of the immensely popular EYES, NOSE, FINGERS, AND TOES and DO LIKE A DUCK DOES.
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