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Do Like a Duck Does!

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  401 ratings  ·  72 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
Paperback, 40 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published February 1st 2002)
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Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rhyming text
Hannah Givens
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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.
Sara Stelmach
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The picture story book “Do like a Duck Does” by Judy Hindley is a silly story about fox trying to disguise himself as a duckling. The mama has to keep the fox away so he will not eat her ducklings. The mama duck can tell it is a fox because he obviously can’t do everything the ducklings do. The book also repeats phrases like “quack” and “plop.” These sound effects make it super fun to read. I would definitely recommend this book to read allowed. Especially, because children will try to help the ...more
Sarah Riney
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do Like a Duck Does
by Judy Hindley
Do Like a Duck Does is a children's book about a family of ducks and a fox. Throughout the book the fox is trying to convince the ducks that he is one of them. The momma duck knows better though and puts him through a series of test that consists of making him waddle in the mud, eat bugs, and swim underwater. This book is great for kids. It is suspenseful and fun. I read this book to a group of children at the day care and they were giggling and shouting "he's
Jhana French
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a really fun and silly book that children in preschool and kindergarten would enjoy. This book is about a Mama duck leading her five ducklings. Along the way, a fox creeps up behind them and tries to pretend to be a duckling, and the Mama duckling has to try and keep the fox from eating her ducklings. This was a really fun book to read aloud because of the repetition of the sound words, rhyming, and the watercolor illustrations. This would be a perfect book to read aloud to students ...more
Dana Thomas
I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book.

I'm a bit disappointed, for some reason, that the mama duck doesn't know that the "stranger" pretending to be a duck is, in fact, a fox.

Also, when I'm reading a book of this level, I expect to be able to rhyme my way through. It showed glimmers of phrases rhyming but, then the next phrase wouldn't fit the rhetoric. Either rhyme or don't, not land in the middle.
Liz Thompson
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Judy Hindley wrote this story about a mama duck protecting her babies from a fox. This story had great rhyme and rhythm which would be great to read before a poetry lesson. I think that watercolor illustrations work great with the story. The fox really sticks out from the pages. Overall this was a cute story and would be a fun read for kids ranging from grades K-3.
Emily Carlyn
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
A big scary-hairy brown duck? Can Fox really trick Momma Duck into thinking that he's a Duck? She takes him through some trials to see: mud, quacking, and swimming! But, where's that scary-hairy stranger after the expedition in the pond???
Zoe's Human
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lt
This is a rhyming story in which a mama duck discovers a stranger in the midst of her duckling pretending to be a duck. On the one hand, the story does have a nice rhythm and is fun to read aloud. On the other hand, it totally has a conformity message, which I'm not big on.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's about a fox trying to trick the duck to think the fox is a duck. The fox tries to act like duck throughout the story. The illustrations are cute and the preschoolers enjoyed this book, but I didn't like repeating "do like a duck does".
Alyssa Tabor
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
So cute! Perfect for storytime!
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a cute book. There is a story about the protection of a momma duck, and there are some cute sounds and waddling opportunities for interaction. It can be used for story time.
Milton Louie
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The fox could not fool mama duck. B
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 identity. Infectious rhythms and fresh, expressive watercolors liven up the pursuit, which ends when Mama Duck confronts the villain, beak to snout, and beats him at his own game.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun little story with a good rhythm.
Katherine Franklin
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do like a Duck Does! by Judy Hindley is a book I would recommend for teacher to read to student ages 2-6. From the beginning this book caught my attention from the cover. The fun colorful text and the fox on the front. It w=make you want to jump in and see what is going to happen from there being a fox on the front cover and the title talking about a duck. The illustration was beautiful. You can see the brush strokes of the animals and everything in the book. The colors complemented each other ...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
Lesley Dahlseng
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
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, ...more
Kaitlin Burke
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Katelyn Mendoza-Weiss
This has become one of my new favorite books. It is a fun and simple read. As you read, it sounds almost like a song. There is fox in this book that wants to be like a duck, but obviously cannot do everything a duck can do. It is very humorous. This book makes use of both rhyme and onomatopoeia to follow. This makes it a good book for 1st and 2nd grade readers. The images are also very creative and fun to look at. Overall, I enjoyed the wholeness of this book, and would love to put it into one ...more
Jennifer RDG 3320
Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...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 ...more
Amber Basinger
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Julia Jasztal
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!
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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.