Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1 - Carle takes an actual incident, when numerous bathtub toys fell off a container ship and floated to various places, and distills it to create a marvelous counting/concept adventure. The story opens at a factory where assembly-line workers are painting details onto bright yellow rubber ducks. The toys are then loaded onto a freighter destined for faraway countries. During a storm, 10 rubber ducks fall into the sea. Each one floats in a different direction - west, east, north, south, left, right, up, down, this way, and that way - and encounters a different animal (a dolphin, seal, polar bear, etc.). The 10th one meets a mother duck with her offspring and bobs along with them to their nest. The ducks all bid "Good night" to one another with a "Quack," while the newcomer says "Squeak!" (Children can press the page to hear a squeak.) Carle's signature cut-paper collages burst with color, texture, light, and motion, delighting the eye and bringing out the text's nuances. The ordinal numbers are shown in bold type that stands out from the narrative. More accessible to younger readers than Eve Bunting's Ducky (Clarion, 1997), this book makes a wonderful read-aloud for storytimes or one-on-one sharing. It's a definite 10. - Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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PreS-Gr. 1. A ship loaded with boxes of rubber ducks is traveling across the sea when a storm blows up and dumps 10 of the toys into the water. The ducks bob along together for a while, but soon they drift in different directions, each encountering an animal, such as a dolphin, a seal, a polar bear, and a flamingo. The last little duck is adopted by a mother duck, floating along with her ducklings. When the real ducks end their day with a goodnight "quack," the rubber duckie, aided by children who "press here" on the duck's body, manages a squeak. The simple, appealing story is greatly enhanced by beautifully composed illustrations. From the distinctive use of negative space on the title page and the watery finger-paint effects in some ocean scenes to the rich combination of patterns on the final double-page spread, Carle uses cut-paper collage with a fine sense of freedom and artistry. Carolyn Phelan
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I purchased this as a gift because it was very highly-rated for babies and toddlers. Eric Carle books are always a hit with little ones!Published 25 days ago by DMO
Purchased for a book theme baby shower, propped open next to the punch bowl, blue punch with yellow rubber ducks floating on top. Very cute!Published 1 month ago by Denise M.
This is a great book, uses counting, direction, animal movements and sounds...my daughter loves it!Published 1 month ago by Lindsey Patnam
Very cute, though the story is not too detailed. Gives opportunity for parental elaboration and pointing out the different locations and things each duck sees.Published 1 month ago by The Lost Lenoir
I finally found the 10 Little Rubber Ducks book that has a squeaking duck at the end of the book!! Such a treasure.Published 1 month ago by Sarah J O'Brien
Not the cadence or cute story I associate with the Eric Carl name. It doesn't make a lot of sense. The pictures are great.Published 5 months ago by Sjutter-mommy