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Duck, Duck, Goose Hardcover – February 13, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Duck & Goose
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; Ill edition (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375840680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375840685
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Three's a crowd in this follow-up to Duck & Goose (Random, 2006). Duck is smitten with his new friend, Thistle, who claims to be the fastest, smartest, strongest duck around. Goose is not as enthusiastic about the newcomer. At first he gamely tries to participate in her incessant contests, but eventually he wanders off sadly to look for butterflies by himself. A worried Duck follows him, and the reunited companions agree that they prefer their usual quiet activities to Thistle's manic pursuits. Accordingly, they trick her into winning a napping contest and then gratefully sneak off to play by themselves. While the story provides an interesting and lighthearted exploration of the issue of loyalty between friends, the resolution seems problematic. What will happen when Thistle wakes up? Will the three of them work out a way to play together? Will Thistle be excluded, or will Duck be pressured into participating in her games again? Perhaps these questions could open a class (or family) discussion about relationships. In any case, Hills's gauzy oil paintings of a hazy, sunlit landscape and endearing animals make this a book worth lingering over with a good pal.—Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA
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From Booklist

In Duck & Goose (2005), the characters became friends after tussling over a soccer ball. Here, their friendship is tested with another duck. Goose likes to meander through the meadow, but Duck's new friend, Thistle, has a competitive edge; she shows off her math skills, challenges Goose to a breath-holding contest, and proves she can stand on her head longer than anyone else. Duck is delighted, but Goose is worn out. The narrative doesn't really explain why Duck, after exhibiting such pleasure in Thistle, turns on her (though given the rather long text, Thistle's pushy enthusiasm may tire the audience, as well). Nevertheless, Duck finally seeks out Goose, and together they allow Thistle to win a new contest: she falls asleep first, and they go to play. The intrusive friend is a children's book staple, but here it plays out with cute rubber ducky-like characters, who exemplify what real kids feel. Sunny colors add to the appeal. Pair with Diane de Groat's Last One in Is a Rotten Egg (2007), about a competitive cousin. Ilene Cooper
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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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My kids and I giggled our way through Duck and Goose, Tad Hills' first book starring these two lovable characters.
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My 2 year old daughter received this book recently for her birthday and it is great.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Rousseau on October 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of this series, but this book cannot remain in our house. It IS a sweet stories showing the dynamics of adding a new (exhausting) friend to the mix. However, it is completely ruined for me by the author's "solution" for getting a break from the exaughsted, likely younger new friend. They lie. They lad thistle to believe that they are all going to take a nap. Thistle falls asleep, but they don't even rtry. They sneak off to play behind her back. Kids are going to learn those little lies and trickery on their own. They don't need a book to show it as the preferable answer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S Gilbert on July 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 2 year old daughter received this book recently for her birthday and it is great. Tad Hills' ability to mix sarcasm and wit into a children's story is impressive. Of the 50 or so books she has, I put this in the top 5 that *I* enjoy reading. There aren't too many of those, especially when they get read several times a week.

I'm now looking to buy DUCK AND GOOSE.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Ducks and geese are not immediately adorable creatures. Anyone who has ever been bitten by a duck or chased by a hissing goose will agree with me here. Yet due to that law of nature that states that any and all creatures must start out cute in order to survive (the sole exception being pandas), baby ducks and baby geese are nothing short of adorableness incarnate. With his first book "Duck and Goose", author/illustrator Tad Wade went from fabulous Halloween costumer designer and husband of half of Schwartz & Wade to a star in his own right. His book was the kind of cute that everyone can agree on. There is good cute in this world and there is bad cute (ala Disney Cuties) and Mr. Hills has successfully placed his creations in the former category. His first Duck & Goose book was a well-deserved hit and now a sequel is here to follow-up the tale. If a ball was the mysterious visitor in the first book, imagine what a mysterious talking visitor could do.

Goose doesn't know it, but there's a new duck in the pasture and it goes by the name of Thistle. One day, as Goose attempts to maintain the butterfly that has landed on his head, his act of concentration is disrupted by the untimely arrival of Duck and his new friend Thistle. Thistle is a small highly-competitive duckling, and she's extraordinarily eager to show off her prowess in everything from adding to balancing sticks to hopping on one foot. Goose competes against this little challenger for a while, but he just can't seem to best her in anything. As such, he goes off to do his own thing, leaving the two ducks together. Duck, however, finds that though Thistle is admirable, she's also a bit tiring.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Tad Hills' DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE tells of a couple who are friends forever - until new duck Thistle comes along. Thistle impresses Duck - but Goose is NOT impressed. Can the three get along, or is somebody destined to be left out? A warm story evolves.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I didn't like that Duck and Goose tricked Thistle into sleeping so they could play alone. Seems like that might be more hurtful than some bragging!
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Format: Hardcover
Tad Hills knows how to please children and adults with his characters, plots and illustrations. I'm thrilled he has written so many books about Duck and Goose.
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By Unie Kettering on April 26, 2014
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All of Tad Hills books have been favorites with the grandkids. They are not old enough to read but can recite his books word for word.
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By N. Lynch on April 21, 2014
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Two of my favorite children's characters, Duck and Goose, fill a tale of a childhood game with the reality of the need for humility and acceptance . . . and as usual, the illustrations are delightful.
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