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Duck & Goose Hardcover – January 24, 2006

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–In this goofy story, a duck and goose mistake a big spotted ball for an egg. Each one claims it and they fight over taking care of it. In the end, they realize their foolishness and become friends, enjoying their ball together. The themes of getting along, sharing, and settling one's differences come across loud and clear, and the author does a good job with the subject without becoming too didactic. While the narrative is fairly straightforward and has touches of childlike humor throughout, it's the bright and colorful artwork that will attract youngsters' attention. The cartoon-style oil paintings set against soft-focus, almost impressionistic backgrounds keep Duck and Goose center stage, and their expressions are priceless. A sweet addition.–Lisa S. Schindler, Bethpage Public Library, NY
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PreS-Gr. 2. A poultry odd couple stars in this story about a friendship forged through a finders keepers dispute. Duck and Goose simultaneously discover a giant polka-dotted sphere, which they take to be a very large egg: "I saw it first," says Duck; "I touched it first," says Goose. They spend hours sharing space on the egg's summit to keep it warm, first grudgingly, then companionably as they bond over their shared purpose. When a passerby points out that their prized egg is actually a child's toy ball, Duck and Goose decide the ball is lovely, too--just right for playing with together. Hills might have found ways to introduce more variety into his compositions, even given the somewhat limited situation, but the fresh, vivid colors draw the eye, and his whimsically rendered Duck and Goose (think bath toys with expressive eyebrows) will instantly endear themselves to children. Choose this for springtime and Easter story hours, paired with Dr. Seuss' classic Horton Hatches the Egg (1940) and Mem Fox's Hunwick's Egg (2005). Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Duck & Goose
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; First Edition edition (January 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037583611X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375836114
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of many books including the New York Times Bestselling Duck and Goose, Duck, Duck, Goose and How Rocket Learned to Read. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two kids and dog Rocket who has not learned to read...yet.

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I believe that "Duck and Goose," released earlier this year, will one day enter the pantheon of classic children's picture books. It strikes just the right balance between humor and a gentle lesson about sharing and working together. Duck and Goose begin by squabbling over the soccer ball that they mistake for a large egg and end up dreamily making plans to raise their "baby" together. When a little bluebird blithely points out the obvious, Duck and Goose take their changed circumstances in stride. Duck and Goose's conversations will bring a chuckle even to the most jaded parent and the illustrations are lovely. Highly recommended by this children's lit snob.
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This is a whimsical story about two young birds who argue over the ownership and care of an "egg" they find. "I saw it first" -- I touched it first." The reader is immediately in on the joke because the "egg" is larger than either one of them and is perfectly round and colored white with large polka dots. Of course it is a ball but neither one of them realizes this.

The illustrations are bright and the characters' faces are so expressive. Their bickering will be familiar to children's ears as will their reconciliation in face of the truth. This book is gentle fun.
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I read an advertisement for this book in the New Yorker. To be brief, it said that "Olivia" loves this book and wants Duck and Goose for her birthday. I figured that if Olivia likes it, my daughter would, too. I don't know if my daughter gets all of the humor yet (she's 2 1/2) but she seems to enjoy it anyway. It's a really nice story about sharing -- great lesson for a pre-schooler. And, I am partial to the cheerful illustrations. I recommend this book. You will be happy with it.
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Parents and kids alike will love this book. It has so many hidden lessons like cooperation, friendship, sharing, tolerance and the power of persuasion. It also is great to read to a group because it has an element of suspense and surprise. Great illustrations.
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What a wonderful, simple, splendid book! The art work is fabulous! And the characters express the same phrases, expressions, and feelings that toddlers do. Very sweet!
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This book was highly recommended in a magazine I subscribe to, and after reading the reviews here I decided to purchase it for my 2-year-old son. It's not in his top ten favorites, but he really likes it - we read it a few times a week

One nice part of the storyline that I hadn't anticipated was that it clearly demonstrates the "stages" toddlers go through with their friends. As all parents of toddlers know, sharing is a very difficult thing for little ones (including duck and goose) to do. This book accurately and comically demonstrates this issue from the very beginning, but gradually the duck and goose begin to share their "egg," realizing that they can both care for it and enjoy having it.

I highly recommend this book. I gave it four stars instead of five because, although I can't put my finger on it, I feel it lacks the "spark" that makes a book really special. Sorry I can't be more specific.
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Duck and Goose are so cute! They think they have found an egg. Duck and Goose do not get along. Their squabble begins with who saw it or touched it first. Duck wants to nurture it and raise it to be duck like, goose wants to raise it and nurture it to be goose like. They squabble for a long time over this mysterious speckled ROUND egg.

Eventually bird comes along and tells them that their egg is a ball and they go and play together.

The story is cute, it wasn't totally what I expected. My son loves it because duck and goose are silly and cute. The illustrations really do make you just want to pick up duck and goose and squeeze em. We like our birds, so that's how we ended up with Duck and Goose.
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"Duck and Goose" look like they'll be simplistic and overly-basic -- both the artwork and the text are deceptively plain... But these two little guys actually have a richer and more believable emotional life than many picturebook characters. They might not have a long shelf-life (kids will probably move on past them fairly quickly...) but while they are your book friends, your lives will be enriched. Definitely worth checking out. (ReadThatAgain!)
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