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Five Little Ducks Hardcover – February 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439746930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439746939
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–In this newly illustrated version of the classic song, the ducklings become distracted by creatures in their environs and wander away from their mother. When fewer and fewer of her offspring return, she looks increasingly forlorn and anxious. When the sad mother duck goes out for her final Quack, quack, quack, all of the youngsters return, each one bearing her a gift from their adventures. Batess muted watercolors bring a lively energy, reminiscent of Robert McCloskeys ducklings, to this beloved song. The artists sweet and nostalgic adaptation is unique for its gentle and warm tone. Some young children may confuse the brown markings on the ducklings for mud, but this bit of realism will also help them tell one yellow duck from another.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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PreS. There are two familiar ditties known by the title "Five Little Ducks"; presented here, along with its musical notation, is the counting song about a mother who loses track of her distractible ducklings. British illustrator Bates, whose watercolors resemble those of Sam Williams (Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck, 2000), clearly represents the subtractive concepts as each of five ducklings wanders off one by one, although some young readers may be baffled by Mother's merry continuation despite her diminishing brood. All is swiftly set to rights, though, when Mother's final, plaintive "Quack, quack, quack" brings the prodigal ducklings "waddling back"--each bearing gifts for Mother. Although more literal and visually staid than Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey's version (1989) in the Raffi Songs to Read series, this one's pastel hues will plug especially well into springtime themes, and new perspectives on favorite songs can always find a place in the storytime circuit. Jennifer Mattson
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Rank on February 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The words are classic, but illustrations are what I love about the book. The litte ducks go off one by one each getting distracted by a simple treasure and finally return to their mom. My girls love the rhythm of the words and finding the treats that each little duck brings back to their mom. My twins are just about two and love this book!
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By Kelli K. Varner on March 14, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book arrived on time and wrapped beautifully! Very impressed! Granddaughter loved the story!
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