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The Chick and the Duckling (Aladdin Books) Paperback – February 28, 1988

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An entertaining tale about two friends who explore the world as equals, until one treads where the other dares not go. Ages 1-6.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English, Russian (translation)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 60L (What's this?)
  • Series: Aladdin Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (February 28, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068971226X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689712265
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
It probably would have made more sense to name this book, "The Duckling and the Chick" rather than the other way around, but I guess there's no accounting for taste. In this world there are picture books written for every worry, hope, fear, and joy a child could conceive of. One of the more realistic dramas children face is the appearance of a new sibling. Now, there are some great picture books out there on the subject. There's "Ginger" by Charlotte Voake and "Julius, the Baby of the World" by Kevin Henkes, but long before either of these modern classics were written there was "The Chick and the Duckling". It's a kind of sibling-worship tale taken to its logical extreme and illustrated by the incredible Jose and Ariane Aruego.

One day a duckling hatches out of its shell with a triumphant, "I am out!". Immediately following out of its own shell is a small chick who is quick to add, "Me too". For every action the duckling takes, the chick is right behind to copy. If the duckling wishes to find a worm, the chick finds the same one. If the duckling wants to catch a butterfly, the chick catches one too. Finally the duckling announces its intention of going for a swim. Quicker than you can say, "Me too", the chick (having forgotten, I guess, that chicks are not waterfowl) sinks to the bottom of the pond. Patiently the duckling retrieves the sodden ball of yellow fuzz before announcing, "I'm going for another swim". "Not me", replies the wiser and now butterfly-distracted chick.

This book could probably be a good way of letting younger siblings know to give their older adored brothers and sisters a little breathing space now and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1999
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This book is great for showing how chicks and ducks are the same, and different, in an entertaining way. It is an emergent reader book, that uses repetition and predictability to help young readers along. My Kindergarten class really loves this book. I've seen it in Big Book format, but can't find it here. Oh, well! Buy this one if you don't have it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1998
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I really enjoyed reading this story to my students and working with activities that went along with the book. For example miming the action words in the book, drawing, and writing a book report. This is wonderful story about a chick and a duck who hatch at the same time and become friends. The chick imitates the duck until the duck goes for a swim. However, the chick attempts to swim, but can't and is rescued by the duck. The Chick realizes that it is ok not to do everything the duck does. The duck can go for a swim with out him. The moral of the story, sometimes it is perfectly ok to imitate, but at other times be yourself, do your own things and have your own ideas.
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This is such a fun story for young children! It's about a chick who does everything the duck does until the chick tries to swim. After being rescued by the duck, the chick begins to behave independently. I make finger puppets of the chick and duck using my fingers as legs. (Holes are cut in the bottom of the figures for fingers to fit through.) After reading the book to a group of children, I re-tell the story using the finger puppets. I provide puppets for the children to use in re-telling the story with me. I have made the puppets from constuction paper and from felt glued to posterboard depending on whether I am giving the puppets to the children or whether I am just letting them enjoy my puppets.
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By crayons on February 17, 2007
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This is a great book for those k and 1st graders who have just begun down the reading path. After having read this book with my six year old at home, i decided to type it up in script form. This is about 1 page long when typed up. It has two reading parts. We enjoyed reading this like a play. She enjoyed it so much she brought it to school and this has kept her class busy during inside recess(feb.). They are making costumes, etc. all on their own. Who knew such a simple, simple book would bring so much joy and imagination to reading.
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By KT on April 19, 2011
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One point I would like to make for international readers: I don't understand what sense it makes to publish Suteyev's books w/o his marvelous illustrations. If you love beautifully illustrated children books, do yourself a favor and get some of his many works even w/o English translation. The illustrations themselves are well worth the money.
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By Angie on June 9, 2008
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If you have two or more children and one of the younger kids is a follower/mimic, you will love this book! My 3-year old follows her big sister everywhere, piping, "Me too!" The pictures are cute and the storyline simple enough that said 3-year old can sit and "read" it to herself. (I laughed out loud at the ending.)
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My favorite Springtime/egg book ever. Have used it for years in my preschool storytimes (2-5 year olds, although even younger are charmed by the simple illustrations & bright colors) and am now buying it for grandchildren!
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