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I'm a Duck! Hardcover – February 2, 2006


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PreSchool-Grade 2–From the moment he hatches, a duckling celebrates his duck-ness–his webbed feet, his perfect waddle, his strong quack, and his flapping wings. As he grows, he meets a mate, becomes a father, and continues his zestful take on life. Sloats rhymed text captures the exuberance of this eternal optimist and gives a glimpse into the life cycle of a mallard. The full-color art is rendered in pastels and has bold lines and a variety of perspectives and page layouts. Libraries looking for stories featuring a natural wetlands setting will appreciate this ducky tale.–Marge Loch-Wouters, Menashas Public Library, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. Compressing a lot of growing up into a few pages, Sloat offers young "ducklings" a healthy dose of self-esteem as well as a way to connect with their fathers. With unconcealed delight, a hatchling discovers his identity: "I'm a duck. Yup, by some magnificent stroke of good luck, I'm a duck!" His self-regard takes a series of quantum leaps as he learns to quack, swim, and fly. Then, fast-forwarding, he meets a female ("There's a strut in my waddle now. I've got a wife! I tell you, this girl has changed my whole life") and later witnesses the arrival of the next generation. Finally, as he paddles with 10 fuzzy new arrivals, the proud papa proclaims, "Of all the magnificent luck that I've had, nothing beats being a duck and a . . . DAD!" Illustrated with cozy wetland scenes and vignettes in rich greens and yellows, this has a child-friendly look but seems addressed as much to parents--particularly dads--as to kids. John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First Edition edition (February 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399242740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399242748
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The story of this feathered rascal is related in bouncing rhyme suitable for young readers. It's an upbeat tale all about one who is delighted to be who he is.

"Yup, by some magnificent stroke of good luck,

I'm a duck!"

He's thrilled to be able to quack and finds his webbed feet a treat. Not only that but he can waddle, paddle, and even fly. But, what really makes his mallard tail curl is the discovery of a duck that's a girl.

It's not long before he builds a nest for his freckle feathered bride who soon presents him with a number of eggs.

Sloat's rhymes are lively and her illustrations presented in vivid color - a treat for young eyes and ears.

- Gail Cooke
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Since I started my review series "Agent0042 Goes Ducky" I have yet to find a better celebration of pure duckiness than Teri Sloat's "I'm a Duck!" This book is the story of a duck who loves his life from the moment he is born. From flying to webbed feet, he feels that absolutely nothing beats being a duck. The illustrations are rich and lively and the text is a lively rhyming tale with some great humor as well.

An amazing celebration of life and a coming of age story as well. Anyone ca find something to enjoy in this well-presented slice of life.

This review is the sixth in the "Agent0042 Goes Ducky" series. The fifth was "Come On, Baby Duck!"
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Format: Paperback
I first discovered this book when reading a bedtime story to my three year old nephew. I was immediately drawn in by the gentle colors (so many children's books can be blinding) and soft style of the art. The rhyme scheme was beautifully simple, and was wonderful to read out loud. But the big seller, the thing that made this one of my favorite books of all time, is the protagonist, a cheerful, hardworking, lovable duck who takes the greatest joy in everything around him. Truly a delight.
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Beautiful pictures with a sweet story. I love the rhyme and how the story flows. Enjoyed by my whole family!
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My 2-year old is just thrilled with this story/poem. I first got this from our local library when my son had just turned two and he would love the bright and vivid colors and drawings in the book. He would also enjoy the rhyming verses and would keenly follow the story along. By the time he was 2-and-a-half he would often complete the verses where I would stop, he almost knew the full story! I finally relented and returned the book (after having borrowed several times from the library) and purchased it here at Amazon. My son is 3 years old now and still enjoys this book every time I read it to him!
Highly recommended for 2-4 year olds.
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By Mdens on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love this book. My little girl loved it too. It is a sweet story of a duck that is so thrilled with who he is - shouldn't we all be thrilled with who we are. The first time I read the book I think I got more out of it than my daughter. This would also be a great gift for a dad to give his child as it also shows a dad's love for being a dad.
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