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Hey, Duck! Hardcover – January 22, 2013

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Waiting is a big part of childhood. Waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen. However, now a child sets the stage and pulls the strings in a timeless, heartfelt picture book about imaginative play, friendship, and surprises. Paperback | More for ages 3-5
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PreS-Gr 1-The "duck" of the title is actually a cat, a fact that children will immediately recognize. But the duckling calling out to the feline still insists on calling it a duck and wanting to be friends. In spite of his persistent badgering, the cat politely refuses to join the little guy in dancing the puddle stomp. But after napping, the cat suddenly has a change of heart and decides to befriend the duckling after all. Bramsen's rhyming text is accompanied by bright illustrations in a pastoral setting. The detailed drawings are lovely-every blade of grass, flower petal, piece of tree bark, drop of splashed water, yellow fuzz on the duckling, and strand of white, black, and brown fur on the cat is meticulously rendered. Duckling displays several priceless facial expressions, although the cat doesn't look nearly as annoyed as it sounds. However, the story is slight, and the cat's decision to become the duckling's playmate is unconvincing. An additional offering.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A duckling pursues friendship with a cat, convinced the feline is actually another duck. Predictably, the cat rebuffs him, so the duckling puddle-stomps off on his own. Later the cat reconsiders, tracking down his new pal to proclaim himself also a duck with a “QUACK!”—although he draws the line at getting wet. Duck is so pleased he declares, “Well, duck or cat, you’re my friend now, / which makes me want to shout MEOW!” Bramsen, who also illustrated The Yellow Tutu (2009), contributes both text and pictures, employing a similar palette—sky-blue backgrounds and bright yellow—although here it is the duckling that is yellow rather than a tutu. Her realistic characters exude a cheery, greeting-card feel, which is generally pleasing except for the cat’s piercing stare. Rhyming helps make the text predictable, although certain phrases such as “missed the boat” may confuse young listeners. Pair with Willems’ Cat the Cat, Who Is That? (2010) and Cooper’s Pumpkin Soup (1999) for a friendship-themed story hour. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Kay Weisman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375869905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375869907
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elaine siewert on April 13, 2013
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I recommend this book for baby shower gifts. Before Easter, I found cute, yellow ducks among all the stuffed bunnies and chickens. I bought several ducks so I could give one with each book. This book, with its beautiful and delightful illustrations, can easily be among the first books read to the child. The rhyming dialgogue makes it fun to read aloud. (I think the cat MUST have a French accent!) My grandson (7 months old) stops crying to listen to this book. Everyone around my house has read it so much that it's a common quip now to say, "Hey, Duck! Don't get your tail feathers up!" The story is easy to follow: An energetic and overly friendly duck wants to befriend a snarly cat. Duck expects Cat to be just like him, and Cat just wants to be left alone. Of course, they become good friends by the end.
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By Renee T. Mills on August 14, 2014
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This is the first book we checked out of the library that my daughter had to have as her own so we ordered it and she can't read yet but she memorized this and it has helped her to learn how to recognize word. She also loves to act out the story without the book when she is in the bath with her rubber duckie. So this book will always be special to me, and I hope her as she grows up.
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By KS on January 25, 2014
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This book is beautifully illustrated, charmingly written, and a lot of fun. My kids (boy-girl twins, age 2) just love it, and laugh at all the right spots. The first time I read it my daughter wanted the duck to come to her (gesturing and saying "come come", it really came to life in her mind. Highly recommended for ages 2 and up–just be careful with the paper pages around aggressive little readers, or the book will be torn to shreds.
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A fun story about two friends. One starts out just being annoying to the other. My 7 year old had a big laugh at the end.
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The cat and duck are friends. The duck thinks the cat is a duck, then the cat thinks he's a duck. Then the duck thinks he's a cat.
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By Wickedmaryjane on April 3, 2013
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Read this to my 4 year old and we both so enjoyed it! Quack! Meow! So, cutie pa too dee!
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By Victoria on February 9, 2013
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such a sweet story of friendship beyond differences, and fun to read on the kindle for my little ones too!
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By Theresa M. on April 9, 2015
Format: Hardcover
This book is the second sweetest picture book I've ever seen; (the first one being "Just a Duck" by the same author). The illustrations are great and the duckling is soooo cute! Great book to read to the little ones at storytime. It' s not too long or short. Highly recommended!
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