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Quack and Count

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Slip, slide, leap, and dive with a family of seven lively ducklings as they get ready to fly for the very first time. Keith Baker's playful, rhyming text and bold collage illustrations capture the excitement of a day's adventures--and gently introduce counting.
Paperback, 24 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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Jordyn Matthews
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Quack and Count, written by Keith Baker, is a math picture book that can help children learn how to count and use addition. It is based on 7 ducklings and on each page, the ducklings are split into different numbers that all add up to 7 to represent an addition equation. The children must come up with different addition equations or use counting to figure out how many ducklings there are. This book is something that could easily be incorporated into my future classroom by using it in a math ...more
The cut paper collage illustrations are beautiful in this title and in every double paper illustration if one looks closely one discovers a tiny beetle or a snail or a frog tucked in between the ducks and the flowers and foliage.
Now the counting concept of this title is actually not one to one counting, but the illustrations show combinations of numbers that add up to seven. Yes, there are seven ducks and in a very visual was the number combination equaling to seven is illustrated and the
Mariah Schoenborn
Very impressed with this book! It may seem simple but the illustrations are fantastic, and the mathematical ideas presented are actually quite complex for K-2. For example, understanding that 6+1=7 and that 1+6=7 as well. In the classroom I would read this book and record each new problem as it comes up onto an anchor chart. Each time, I would have kids count the ducks to find that 4 ducks plus 3 ducks still equals seven and vice versa. The result would be a chart that reflects that new ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really love this book and my almost three year old was engaged the entire time. I teach elementary math and am a firm believer in developing strong early number sense as a foundation for later work.

This book is especially good for children working on their understanding of 1:1 correspondence, addition as the joining of sets and decomposition of numbers.

The pictures are cut paper collage. They are very appealing and clearly the result of a lot of careful work. I could really see this book being
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: counting
This book would be great to use when teaching a lesson on counting and teaching basic addition facts to your K-1st grade students. This book is an easy read and you can also discuss the different rhyming words that you find in this book with your students.
Taylor McDiffett
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: el230
I think this book would be good to use in a classroom where you are trying to teach children how to count. It would also be a good book to use if you are teaching simple addition. It is an easy to read book with excellent illustrations.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book to use in your classroom when you are teaching your students how to count, and do simple addition problems.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really cool art! Like paper cuttings or something.
MaKenzie Reiff
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el-230
This book was given to me by a guest speaker, who was teaching about implementing reading into math. This book taught counting. The illustrations were very cute as well.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A more unique counting book where there are always 7 ducks but you add them up differently (i.e. 1+6 or 5+2, etc). Great to start teaching preK kids simple addition.
Goshen PL Childrens
Read at Storytime March 28, 2018
Theme: Bunnies, Chicks, and Ducklings

Another addition and subtraction concept.
Julie Cardillo
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title Quack and Count
Author: Keith Baker
Illustrator: Keith Baker
Genre: Counting Book
Theme(s): Counting, Adding, Family, Animals, Nature
Opening line/sentence: “7 ducklings in a row, count those ducklings as they go!”

Brief Book Summary: There are seven ducklings that appear to be brothers and sisters. The illustrations of the ducklings and illustrations are of a beautiful paper-like and pastel style. In this adorable story, the seven ducklings engage in a journey to the pond and eventually fly
John Rush
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Count and Quack by Keith Baker is a lively book to be meant to read to young children. The book emphasizes counting to 7. It first presents 7, then 7 as "6 plus 1", then "5 plus 2", all the way to "1 plus 6". All pages convey a sense of action. The artwork is bright and looks like layers of cut out construction paper. There are other creatures such as butterflies and ladybugs present, but only as background. The book emphasizes the ducklings in action: quacking, sliding, chasing, etc. ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
1. Genre- Picture Book- Counting
2. This book is about all the different ways to count to seven. Mr.Baker uses a family of seven ducks that learn how to fly. Each page has a fun picture with rhymes that lead them to their success.
3. A)Word Usage- words ending in -ing
B) When Baker writes each rhyme he uses a word ending in -ing. Each page has at least one word ending in -ing. "Slipping, slidding, having fun," on page 4 uses three words. I am not sure it is something he meant to do, but I noticed
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book would be great to use when teaching a lesson on counting and teaching basic addition facts to your K-1st grade students. This book is an easy read and you can also discuss the different rhyming words that you find in this book with your students. You can extend your lesson into coming up with number sentences with your students of what two numbers equal or represent the seven ducks, what two numbers would combine together and equal only five and so on. Or you can use examples such as ...more
Erica Johnson
Quack and Count is a counting book from 1 to 7. This book not only counts to 7 but also shows young readers how to make different combinations of 7 such as; 6+1, 5+2, 3+4 and their reciprocals; 1+6, 2+5, 3+4. This book also has a rhyming component such makes the book flow with a song like rhythm. The book gives an overview of what one day in the life of a duck would be like. They slip, slide, leap, dive, and lastly fly. The illustrations in this book were very detailed and colorful. This gives ...more
Maliha Arman
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: counting
This is a lovely way to teach children about counting. This book can be read during small group or large group. Teachers can create transitions and activities based on this book. Children can also learn that math can be used for everything such as the amount of time the duck quacks.
Jenny D
Jun 23, 2011 added it
Shelves: ece-6391-6392
This book is a great introduction to decomposing numbers. The book tracks the 7 ducklings, showing them in different groups that equal seven. After reading the book, have students choose a number (or assign them one). Then, give them manipulatives to allow them to create as many groups as possible to create that number. See if they notice a pattern, such as subtracting 1 from one addend and adding 1 to the other addend. This can also be used to begin a lesson on the commutative property of ...more
Kimberly Martin
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: math-bookshelf
Quack and Count is a fantastically illustrated book about teaching the concepts of counting. I enjoyed the difference in configurating the ducks in different sets in order to get to seven ducks. I think this book would make a great addition to a book library for children in early elementary. The concept of teaching them to add without them knowing it is a creative way to get children excited about math too.
Katherine Fountain
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
Quack and Count tells the story of seven ducks getting ready to fly for the first time. With rhyming words and fun pictures, the book tells different ways to add and subtract to get to seven. Since this book is best suited for addition and subtraction, manipulatives (counting bears etc) would be great to have on hand while reading. This book is best for younger grade levels to introduce or review single digit addition and subtraction.
This book is an easy read and a must have for beginning readers and counters. This book has vivid illustrations to keep the students engaged. There are not many words so I would use this book in my classroom to teach and cover the following:

-pre-k classroom
-begininning readers
-teach rote counting
-teach circular text writing craft-the story ends like it begins
-read aloud, learning to count
-one to one correspondence
Kelli Oliver George
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddie-lit
LOVE THIS BOOK. My 2 year old was excited with this one straight out of the gate. The artwork is visually appealing, the rhyming is simple, but fun to read. To boot, there are 3 ladybugs to find on every 2 paged set. In addition, there is a new creature to find on eat 2 paged set. My 2 year old had a blast with the first reading of this!
Kelsey Scherer
A very fun, colorful, and exciting way to learn how to count. Since I want to teach the younger grades, it is perfect for teaching them how to count. Not only does it teach how to count but also how to add. I love how it includes ducks and their family; it makes it more fun! This is a must have for younger grades classrooms!
Katrina Kim
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math, ece-3601

Introduces counting --> great for prek-1st grade!
- Pick out 7 students to be the ducklings presented in the story.

Review verbs: slip, slide, dive
( endings as well-- ing!)
* Present tense words

Review rhyming!!!

Introduce addition and subtraction
- range: 1-7
* Students can be as the manipulatives

Christina Edwards
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a good book for students in first grade. The book could be used to introduce a lesson on adding. The book provides lts of enforcement for couting while also helping students visualize addition. The book works to help students break numbers apart into different adddends. I think students will love the rhyming.
Lucero Hernandez
Quack and Count focuses on 7 little ducklings. Throughout the book, there are different ways in which to make 7. This book would be useful for facts families--different ways to make 7, addition and subtraction, as well as counting.
A lovely way to help children learn to count and add. The rhyming sentences make it interesting as well as make it easier for children to read. I think many children would really enjoy hearing this book read to them and being able to see the collage illustrations.
This is a great book for incorporating math in a reading lesson. This author makes learning math fun for early learners. In addition, this book has a repetitive rhyme to it, also making it easier and fun to learn math.
Katie Brown
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rhymes, math
I love this book for students beginning their math skills. It is about 7 little ducks playing and each page breaks down seven into the 2 numbers that make it; 1+7, 2+5, 3+4, etc. It is a great way to show young children the number combinations. Very cute!
Azriana Johnson
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, math
Very easy read. Good book to use in pre-k-1st grade to teach counting and adding numbers 1-7. The book is beneficial for 1st grade because it shows the different ways to make seven, such as 3+4, 2+5, and 1+6.
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