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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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A sweetly simple, nearly wordless picture book featuring an anxious mother duck searching rather in vain for one of her eight ducklings (which is always depicted as present in the picture, but mischievously hiding at the very edges of each illustration spread), I can certainly understand and appreciate how and why Nancy Tafuri's 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 s ...more
May 07, 2013 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
Laura McLoughlin
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
My daughter picked this as her summer reading prize from our local library. She was clearly familiar with it (they probably have it at her school) and liked to "read" it herself. It is a nearly word-less book -"have you seen my duckling?" is repeated on many pages as the mother duck looks for her lost little duck. It is a wonderful book for independent kids who can't quite read on their own yet.
Jul 21, 2010 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 Medal nomination.

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. The images really tell the story.

This book was selected as one of the books for the May 2016- Caldecott Honors discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pbf-general
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 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
Andrea Wickenhagen
Dec 02, 2013 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
Alexis Caudill
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-summaries
1. Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
This is a very short children’s book about a mother duck trying to find one of her ducklings. It is a Caldecott Honor Book.
2. Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)
This would be a great book for children in Pre-K to 1st grade. I am sure it would be very interesting for them and the words are very very easy to read.
3. Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)
This would be a good book to read aloud to the class at storytime.
4. Individual students
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
Andrew Foster
Feb 28, 2012 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
Jared Little
Mar 28, 2014 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
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott
1985 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: I like when the duck meets up with the other bird to ask if she's seen the duckling. The little birds piling all over their mother are fun and sweet.
This is a nearly wordless tale of a mother's search for her inquisitive duckling. The simple but detailed drawings follow the duck throughout the pond as she asks several different pond animals if they've seen the duckling. If readers look closely, they can find the wayward baby bird as he follows a butt
Luisa Knight
Cute little ducklings tag along with their mama ... oh now, all except one! The little ones will enjoy trying to find the missing little duckling on each page.

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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.
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storyhour-books
Very cute, very simple story that went over very well at my Tot-Time program.
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.
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: toddlers
My kids loved looking for the little duckling on every single page.
This was a book that has always been a part of my childhood although strangely enough there have been lots of duck books. As a result I can remember it and my favorite characters out of the whole book.

My husband was a bit surprised with the price of a secondhand book but as I told him it was due to it is a classic and a hardcover. And then I gave him the tour of this little picture book if you would.

There is basically almost no writing for this book except the main question. Instead the book
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: award-winning
1. Awards received: Caldecott Medal
2. Appropriate grade level(s): Grades Pre K - K
3. Original summary: The pond animals beaver, bird, fish, and turtle have not seen mother duck's missing duckling. Clever readers will notice that mother's ducks baby is not missing, just adventuring in nature.
4. Original review: A worried mother duck along with her duckings search for one of her lost babies in a pond.
5. 1-2 possible in-class uses: Children will learn about animal babies and parents. Children will
Madison Monaco
Book Title: Have You Seen My Duckling?
Author: Nancy Tafury
Genre: Wordless Picture Book
Theme(s): animals, love
Opening Line/Sentence: Have you seen my duckling?
Brief Book Summary: A mother duck lost her duckling and is on a search for it by asking various animals around the pond if they have seen the duckling.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Publishers’ Weekly (Publishers’ Weekly)
“In this Caldecott Honor winner, a mother duck loses her eighth duckling, and asks the other pond animals for help
Hayden Delgado
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Have You Seen My Duckling is a great wordless story that tells a great story. The story is told with all images, and starts off with the first couple pages when one little duckling wanders off and gets separated from his family. After this, each page has one sentence written on is that says "have you seen my duckling?" This is the mother duck asking every animal she sees if they have seen him. The last few pages end with pictures of the little duckling finding his family and returning home. This ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri is a delightful Caldecott Honor book! Designed with a realistic style, Tafuri crafts a semi-wordless book that details the journey of Mother Duck looking for one of her lost ducklings through seamless images. The illustrations cross the gutter, and the double-page spreads prompts young readers to practice visual literacy. Cleverly hidden in every image is the lost duckling! It is a wonderful use of spot art. Though the medium is not stated, the shading ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
I am often perplexed by Nancy Tafuri, because her illustrations are so perfect for babies, but her text is often too long for me to actually share with them in story time. This book, by contrast, is the perfect blend of boldness and color in illustration and simplicity of text. It’s still not a great story time book, since the text is the same on every page, but it would be great for sharing one-on-one with a toddler who can search for the missing duckling on every page. I also love the points o ...more
Read-Aloud Revival recommendation for May picture books. At first glance, I wasn't sure about this one. I didn't see many words (other than the oft-repeated, "Have you seen my duckling?"). But, when my kids and I started reading, I understood the appeal as we searched each page for a glimpse of the missing duckling. If your children like search-and-find books, this one's for you. Bonus: it makes for a really fast bedtime read if you're short on time. Or just exhausted. Which is often the case at ...more
Mia Balsamo
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebook
PB19: When we were told that we needed to read 50 picturebooks I went home and found the box of books that I saved from my childhood. This was among those books. I apparently loved this picturebook becuse it was heavily used and the pages have actually come out of the binding. While the picturebook may not be the most clever book, the simplicity of it makes for a great story. I think one of my favorite parts as a child was trying to find where the missing duckling is hiding on each page, because ...more
Nicole Holden
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: repetition
This is a easy read book for pre-k and kindergarten. This is a mostly pictures book with the only text asking "have you seen my duckling?" Mama duck has 8 ducklings and 1 followed a butterfly out of the nest. Mama duck asks a bird, a turtle, a beaver, a fish, and another duck if they have seen her missing duckling. Through out the book while mamna duck is asking for her missing duckling, the missing duckling is seen hiding on the same page. Teacher can get their student to point out where missin ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
A book with few words. And beautiful illustrations.
Early one morning, a little duckling leaves behind his seven siblings and follows a butterfly, all my himself. The rest of the book is about Mother Duck (with the seven ducklings) going around the pond, looking for him, asking the other pond inhabitants - "Have You Seen My Duckling?".

One of my little girl's early books, she's delighted to find and point out the lost duckling on each page - hiding behind a tree, a rock, or tufts of
Maggie Cheesman
Jan 28, 2016 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
Jessica Maynard
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wordless
Even though this book has very few words, it is clearly illustrated and readers can see what is happening. In the story the mama duck is looking for her duckling. Because there are very few words, the narrator can describe the illustrations and tell the story they way he/she see's it. The narrator can also make the story interactive for the students and ask them how many ducklings they see or what animals are in the story. I think this is a good book to use because there are many different educa ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, storybook
I was debating between two and three stars but bumped it to three as I really enjoyed the illustration of the pond and pond life. However, the 'story' never really clicked with me. It is not so much that there was almost no text (just a repeated 'have you seen my duckling'); indeed I really enjoyed A Ball for Daisy, which has no text at all. Instead, I just could not figure out the point of it. The mother duck did not seem all that upset that she could not find her duckling, and after that reall ...more
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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-