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Duck & Goose Go to the Beach Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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Duck and Goose are two best friends who love their meadow the most in the world. When one day Duck will suggests an adventure – leaving their meadow for a trip - Goose will not be too much happy about that idea.
In the end he will decide to go with Duck and they will walk all the way to the beach where Duck will excitedly run down the hill to the beach without waiting for his friend. But because waves are loud and sand is hot Duck will not be too happy. On the other hand, Goose will be delighted with the water, diving inside though he will quickly realize how strong waves are.
But it will be just the beginning of adventurous day in which the two friends will meet various animal companions, some more friendly than others and experience a lot of exciting things, eventually heading back to their beloved meadow...
‘Duck & Goose Go to the Beach’ presents a nice story about friendship in which the author skillfully threw motives of routine and fear of the unknown in a way to be easily understood by young children.
The situation in which two friends are leaving known to set off on a trip and experience a lot of exciting adventures to eventually return to the place they love the most is many times seen, but Tad Hills with his simple but beautiful illustrations with large motifs across almost the entire pages presents in the wonderful way that will attract the attention of young readers from two years upwards.
Therefore a well-made story, beautiful artwork and a great lesson are recommendations for this interesting picture book made for the youngest.
This book also convinced my daughter to wear a sun hat! She had always hated wearing hats, but I pointed out that Duck and Goose both wear hats on their adventure, and now she begs to wear her sun hat, which she calls her "Duck and Goose hat".
My only gripe with this book is that Duck and Goose are both boys. The Duck and Goose board books are all gender neutral with no gender-specific pronouns, which I really appreciate, as I like my daughter to read books featuring both boys and girls. Since Duck and Goose are her favorite book characters, I have always read them with Duck being a girl and Goose a boy. In "Duck and Goose Go to the Beach", I had to change the pronouns to make Duck a girl. Not a big deal, but I had always thought that Duck and Goose were purposefully written so they could be any gender.
Also, I'll add that I really like reading this book. Anytime my daughter gets a new book, she demands that I read it dozens of times a day, over and over until she memorizes it, which is usually extremely tedious and sets my teeth on edge. But this book is actually really fun to read, and I don't get tired of it nearly as much as with other books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much wordier than our other Duck & Goose books, but cute all the same.Published 29 days ago by almosthappy
This book was so fun to read and my daughter and students flip through the pages constantly. We were able to make sand and talk about the beach on a snowy day. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My kiddo is a big Duck + Goose fan, so this is a wonderful addition to her D+G collection :)Published 9 months ago by Jennifer G