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Little White Duck Hardcover – April 1, 2000

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"I'm a little white duck
sitting in the water,
a little white duck
doing what he oughter."

Children have sung this silly song written by Walt Whippo and Bernard Zaritzky for half a century. Performers from Burl Ives to Danny Kaye to Raffi have recorded it over the years. And now, for the first time, the classic sing-along song about the duck that "quack, quack, quacks," the frog that "glug, glug, glugs," and the bug that "bzz, buzz, bzz's" has made its way into picture-book format. Joan Paley's gorgeous collages are full of vivacious color and three-dimensional pizzazz. Bold, brilliant greens and blues dominate, drawing the reader deeper and deeper into the happy little world of these water critters--happy, that is, until the little red snake comes along and scares off the duck and frog and eats the bug! But he's still glad to be "a little red snake playing in the water," so all's well that ends well. To soften the blow of the untimely demise of the little black bug, all four of the characters (duck, frog, bug, snake), plus the guitar-strumming mouse narrator, take a bow on the last page, so sensitive young readers will know it's all just play-acting. Musical notation is included. (Ages 2 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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Whether readers were first introduced to this classic 1950 kids' song by Danny Kaye, Burl Ives or Raffi, Paley's (What's That Sound, Woolly Bear?) full-bleed, double-spread collages will bring it vividly to life all over again (those who are making a first acquaintance will find the music included). Paley stages the song as a play. As a guitar-playing mouse narrates, a duck, a frog and a black bug are successively introduced as happily "doing what [they] oughter... in the water." Then along comes a little red snake who clears the room, so to speak, by scaring the duck and frog and eating the bug, leaving the song to conclude, "Boo! Hoo! Hoo!" But the book itself ends on an up beat, with the bug, along with the rest of the cast, taking a bow as the animal audience clamors, "Bravo." Working with cut paper, crayon, pastel and washes of watercolor, Paley creates spread after spread of bold, dramatically cropped tableaux; her strong, graphic lines and compositions are handsomely tempered by the rich, aquatic-inspired palette. Her frog is an especially appealing creation, gleefully stretching his spotted emerald body across the length of the page, and registering expressions that range from languor to alarm. Luminous and full of movement, this art will demand repeated viewings. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316032271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316032278
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ruhama Kordatzky on December 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This song was one I had learned in pre-school, and I was thrilled to see it as a beautifully illustrated picture book. The large, bold pictures will work well in a lap or in a storytime. The text does not hamper the pictures, but neither is it lost or hard to read.
A most enjoyable book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa D. Roemhildt on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We love this book! The rhymes flow so nicely making it very easy to read - or sing, if you know the song! Also, the illustrations are wonderful! The bright colors really help keep my young daughters attention!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bhr on July 4, 2006
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Even if you don't know this song, the rhythm of the lyrics, the story, and the illustrations will keep your child's attention to the end.

The fact that it's been pc'd (everybody lives in the end because it was "just a play") is fine. It's less likely to be traumatic (as opposed to, say, Go Tell Aunt Rhody) for a small child.

Another keeper.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerryann Kenney VINE VOICE on June 19, 2008
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I listened to the Burl Ives song when I was a little girl. Now that I have my own little boy, I was so happy to find the song in a sturdy board book. You can still find Burl Ives singing "Little White Duck" on iTunes. :)
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This book is great. I sang this book to my babies when they were only 4 months old, and they loved looking at the pictures. They still love the book and song. We always sing it in the car. After months of reading this book, we put it away for a couple of months but brought it back out when we started sign language. It is fun signing with this book with appearances by a little white duck, green frog, black bug, and red snake sitting, swimming, and playing in the water.
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By Natasana on March 28, 2013
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If you are a preschool or baby storyteller this is a must-have title. Recently I was in the position of combining our library's preschool and baby storytimes into one large group. Little White Duck was a hit with both groups. I told the story as a song (music sheet in front of book) which held the interest of the babies, while the story held the interest of the older children. The large, colorful pictures were a hit with both ages.
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By Texas librarian on January 12, 2009
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Another favorite of my granddaughter's and my preschool/kinder students! Little White Duck not only provides a fun sing along opportunity, but introduces a performing arts play format. When time permits, I have children act/sing the parts and bow at the end. Children get to clap and say "Bravo!" at the end. Wonderful music and movement for preschool/kinders!
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I bought this book for my 21/2 yr old daughter after her Kindermusik teacher read it to her class. The children loved all the animals and quickly learned to anticipate with excitement who is coming next. The rhythm of the words is delightful, and I find myself humming it throughout the day. A real classic that every child should read.
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