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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
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.
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
Mar 07, 2012 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 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
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 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.

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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Maria Rowe
• 1985 Caldecott Honor Book •

I really like this book! It's very cute. The mother duck is looking for her 8th duckling that's wandered off looking at a butterfly. It's fun to try to find the duckling hiding in the pictures. I think this could make for a great counting book as well. Very sweet book, and easy to see why it won a Caldecott Honor!

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Alex Pluemer
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a very sweet basically illustrated book about a duckling that wanders away and a mother that is trying to find him. The paintings are beautiful, and the fact that the little duckling can be seen hiding on every page is wonderful. It makes the book interactive. Easy readability makes this a great book for younger ages.
Stacey Mulholland
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this up at a library sale because it was a Caldecott I didn't own. I didn't realize it was almost a wordless picture book. My daughter would have lived this at 18-months -3 years old to keep finding the missing duckling. Cute story
Alex Pluemer
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a cute and interactive book for younger kids. It's the story of a mama duck that loses one of her ducklings. She eventually finds him, and he is never far away. It's good to get the kids engaged and actively learning.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
6/12/18 Read with Naomi & Julia.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: laurie-books
This book was similar to the Usborne 'Find the Duck' book. We enjoyed seeing how pretty the water and animals were.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Do you miss me? We missed you. Where have you been?
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
Blair Caswell
Have You Seen My Duckling? written and illustrated by Nancy Tafuri is a 1985 Caldecott Medal winner. With the bright illustrations and the mystery of where the duckling went, this book is great for little kids. An appropriate grade level(s) would be kindergarten to second grade.

The book is about a little duckling who decided to go on an adventure by himself. When the mother duck comes back, she realizes one of her ducklings is gone. She then goes around to all the animals in the pound asking "H
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:
Megan Murphy
Summary- The plot of this story is very easy to understand. Although the book is a about a child getting lost, the story repeats the same question over and over again; “Have you seen my duckling?” This children’s book is all about a mother duck trying to find her missing duckling. Even though the story has the same words on each page, it is filled with wonderful illustrations to show the audience the turmoil on the mother ducks face when she realizes one of her ducklings is missing. We see the c ...more
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