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Have You Seen My Duckling? Paperback – August 21, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 20L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (August 21, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688109942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688109943
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this Caldecott Honor winner, a mother duck loses her eighth duckling, and asks the other pond animals for help (though the missing one is never lost, only cleverly concealed in each picture). "Children will giggle as they glimpse the hider, a feature that makes the book a game as well as a story and a series of lovely paintings," PW decided.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Children will return to this one again and again...a reassuring story of youthful independence and familial love." -- -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Nancy Tafuri...always manages to flavor her splendid pictures with humor and interesting detail." -- -- The Ney York Times Book Review

More About the Author

Nancy Tafuri is probably best known as the creator of Have You Seen My Duckling?, a 1985 Caldecott Honor Book described by Parent's Choice as "beautifully precise yet emotionally affecting." Trained as a graphic designer, Tafuri has authored more than 45 books over 30 years for the very young.
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The pictures in the story are very well illustrated.
chala
The pictures tell most of the story in this book, which is fun for littles who can't read yet, but want to pretend that they can.
J. Stucki
Children who read this book have to learn from observing pictures rather than a lot of words.
John Scott

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2001
Format: Board book
This book is filled with lovely pictures of a mother duck as she searches for her baby who wandered off.
The pictures are wonderful. The few repetitive words there are encourage my child to 'read' the book. He also loves finding the duck on every page.
I wish I could find more books like this one- simple, gorgeous pictures, a nice story with a happy ending, a lot of opportunity for other activities while you read. We find the missing duck, count the ducklings, look at the pretty colors, look for other animals and more.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By 33 year old lawyer on December 14, 2010
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I purchased this one the grounds that it was a Caldecott winner or runner up or whatever. I was disappointed. I like the illustrations, which are of a marsh, and have some very realistic illustrations of birds, badgers, salamanders, etc. but there is almost no text. The whole idea for this book is to find the missing baby duckling on the page, someplace, as it hides behind a log or whatever in the background. Sort of a "where's waldo" for a duckling. So far my one year old has not caught onto this, and seems really bored by this...

Here is the total text for the entire book, with numbers denoting pages.

1.Early one morning...
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8. Have you seen my duckling?
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10. Have you seen my duckling?
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13. Have you seen my duckling?
14. Have you seen my duckling?
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16. Have you seen my duckling?
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(Mom and ducklings found 8th duckling around page 20...)

UPDATED REVIEW: While I was still expecting text, and I think that's a really important part of children's books, I will tell you that ultimately, my young toddler came to enjoy this book very much for a time. We would look at the book together at night and I would ask her to find where the missing duckling was on each page. (You can see the tip or bill or wing of the duckling on the page, although it is quite difficult in a few places). She would look around for it and locate it for me (or I would assist) and we would keep going. We would also discuss the animals that the mama duck was running into, and what the duckling was hiding behind, etc.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
Format: Board book
Nancy is my cousin. So I am somewhat biased in my opinion. But I must say that I have passed this book on to all 13 of my step-grandchildren and every preschool teacher I have known. It is excellent group reading, as the children get so excited when they see the duckling and Mommy Duck doesn't. Thanks Nancy for the legacy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1998
Format: Board book
This board book was a first birthday present for my baby daughter, Kiana. We would read the book together several times a week, and I would find her "reading" it by herself, turning the pages and saying "quack quack" to the ducks. After a couple of weeks I asked Kiana, "Where is the little duckling?" and, to my wonderment, she would point it out! Even Kiana's daddy didn't find the hiding duckling as quickly as she could (the little duckling is *quite* small in some pictures). This fun, delightfully illustrated book has become one of our very favorites and ducks have become Kiana's favorite animal!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My 2 year-old loves this book. We borrowed it from the army library and now we have to buy it. My daughter loves to search for the missing duckling on each page.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "charlie4" on June 25, 2000
Format: Board book
This beautiful book is loved by all children. It is very simple and beautifully illustrated. The little duckling is always nearby. Your children can help find him on each page. An absolute delight. Highly recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
This small children's book for preschoolers is about a mother duck in a wetlands area going around asking this same question of all the animals living in the wetlands. But, children are able to find the little duckling themselves. Beautifully drawn, it was a 1985 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustrations in a book for children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Scott on October 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting book in that there are few words other than "Have you seen my duckling" on several pages. The story is told in pictures, similar to the way Chinese characters convey an idea. If you rush through the book you can miss the point. In that way it is very good for early childhood. Children who read this book have to learn from observing pictures rather than a lot of words. This stimulate the right-hemisphere of the brain, which is good training for children, and for adults. So, while the story has few words, there is still a lesson here of a mother's love. It is a warm, visual book for young children.
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