Oddly, this is my second bear/duck friendship book of the day. But this was so much more. This would be good for a bedtime story time. Or a bear one.Oddly, this is my second bear/duck friendship book of the day. But this was so much more. This would be good for a bedtime story time. Or a bear one. Or a duck one. Or a hibernation one. ...more
Poor Clumsy Duck is very clumsy. She can’t walk without falling over. Chick comes and decides to help Clumsy Duck not be so clumsy. They try going forPoor Clumsy Duck is very clumsy. She can’t walk without falling over. Chick comes and decides to help Clumsy Duck not be so clumsy. They try going for a walk, but Clumsy Duck keeps falling down or running into things. After getting muddy, Chick has the idea of going to the pond to get Clumsy Duck cleaned up. On their way through the mud Chick notices that Duck’s footprints are “enormous!” And they figure out that the large feet that go with the large footprints are probably what is making Clumsy Duck so accident-prone. The two try to figure out what Duck’s feet are good for…but in the process Duck falls into the water. Then they realize that Duck’s feet make Duck an excellent swimmer.
This is a fun little story that my 2-year-old nephew loved. He loved seeing the duck and the chick. The simple storyline of trying to figure out why Duck was so clumsy was just perfect (probably because he can relate in randomly falling down or running into things as he is perfecting the art of balancing, running, and using his body). The textures and colors of the illustrations in this book are also great. They are made by “hand-printing paper which was scanned and manipulated into a digital form.” I just love how so many colors are blended together to make the birds, the mud, the water, etc. It brings an added depth to the illustrations that is interesting to look at. Overall, this is just a sweet story that little ones will not only relate to, but they will love to read again and again (like my nephew)....more
There once was a pig who lived on a hill. Everything was peaceful and quiet. Then one day a duck came to check out the view. Pig was a bit annoyed. BuThere once was a pig who lived on a hill. Everything was peaceful and quiet. Then one day a duck came to check out the view. Pig was a bit annoyed. But soon Duck left. Only, he came back…and built a house on the hill next door. Life wasn’t so peaceful anymore. Duck likes adventures, parties, and things that generally are loud. Pig doesn’t like it…but he does want to be a good neighbor. So he helps where he can. And in turn Duck tries to help Pig realize how fun life can be. However, one day Duck invites Pig to a party. Pig doesn’t like crowds, so he declines the invitation. The party is loud. The party is long. Eventually Pig can’t stand it and goes over and asks Duck and his guests to be quiet. The next day Pig feels bad and wants to apologize. But Duck is nowhere to be found. Pig feels bad for stopping his party. Eventually everything gets worked out…and at the end of the story Pig shows Duck just how good of a friend Duck really is.
This is a fun story about friendship. And about how friendship is a bit of give and a bit of take. I like the exaggerated illustration of Pig’s hill…and Duck’s hill. The improbability of either one living on top of a “hill” like that just makes the story all the more hilarious. Add a Pig and a Duck in some clothes and the illustrations in this book is almost as funny as Duck is. And that doesn’t even go over all the fun details that are in the houses. Duck has a swimming pool, a slide, and a satellite dish. When I read this to my nephew for the first time he just drank in all the fun details in the story and in the illustrations. He laughed at the end…and we had the opportunity to talk about what migration was (fun little science moment). Basically this is a fun book that kids will want to read over and over again. And…it is definitely one I will want to read in story time next year. But then again, any book that gets me to laugh out loud is one I want to share with my story time kiddos....more
This is a great book that reminds me of Make Way for Ducklings, which I love. It is a story of a mama duck and her five little ducklings. They are makThis is a great book that reminds me of Make Way for Ducklings, which I love. It is a story of a mama duck and her five little ducklings. They are making their way across the city to a pond when all of the little ducklings get stuck in a storm drain. That could have been the end of the ducklings, but thankfully an observant bystander was able to see what happened and called for help. Some firemen and a man with a cable on the back of his truck were able to save the day. And with a bit of hard work the baby ducklings were saved. And then the fireman had to save the mama duck who was intent on keeping up with her little ducklings.
This is a great story, especially for the little ones who like a bit of onomatopoeia thrown into their stories (there is a bit more than just quacking). And it is quite a fun story that shows how the power of observation is the most important thing of all. Well, that and doing something about what you observe....more
What does a duck do everyday? One young girl wonders who is making all the quacking noise, then decides to learn all about ducks. The main story tellsWhat does a duck do everyday? One young girl wonders who is making all the quacking noise, then decides to learn all about ducks. The main story tells little bits of information about ducks. (Like what colors the females or males are and how they get food.) However, there are also other facts printed a bit smaller for the duck-loving-reader to learn more about ducks. (For example one smaller fact says, “Mallard ducks make their nests on the ground and lay between 8 and 13 eggs.”) So readers of various attention spans can learn all sorts of facts about ducks. This is a fun non-fiction book about an animal that children are most likely to see around their neighborhoods....more
The cute Duckling asked the reader for a cookie. And by golly the Duckling got a cookie. But then the Pigeon realized that the Duckling got a cookie aThe cute Duckling asked the reader for a cookie. And by golly the Duckling got a cookie. But then the Pigeon realized that the Duckling got a cookie and that made the Pigeon go through the normal Pigeon emotions about how Life. Is. Not. Fair. Good thing the Duckling is so nice and wants to share the cookie with the Pigeon. And the Pigeon can hardly believe it! Has good luck finally come to the Pigeon? Does the Duckling have ulterior motives? And what kind of cookie does the Duckling and the Pigeon like anyway? These are just some of the answers to questions you never thought you would ask about these two classic picture book characters.
Although the title does not bear his name, this is another classic Pigeon book. And the Duckling, that cute little bird who likes sharing (if there is a good reason), is just as big-eyed and cute as ever. Readers will enjoy seeing how the two characters react to a bit of sugary sweetness. Oh how I love Pigeon books! Huzzah for this new one! 5 stars. (And I like my cookies without nuts…or chocolate actually.)...more