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Duck & Goose Go to the Beach Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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PreS-K—Beloved Duck and Goose star in yet another adventure that cements their friendship. Goose is cautious and less adventuresome than Duck. "Let's go away," says Duck. "Sounds like a fine way to twist your ankle," replies Goose. Yet because they are friends, they both hike to the beach. Each illustration, done in rich, glorious colors, is a delight. Especially notable is the humorous page on which a huge wave wipes them out, covering Duck in seaweed. Hills employs excellent vocabulary-stretching words, with "magnificent" and "loud" to describe the vast expanse of sky, sand, and sea. There is so much expression in just the eyes of these characters that children can't help but smile. As the story reaches a satisfying conclusion, they will proclaim this tale a winner.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Duck and Goose have shared and squabbled through a long series of picture and board books, each time delivering a comic reflection of children’s friendships. In this, their tenth go-round, they’re both happily at rest in a butterfly-dotted meadow until Goose says, “Let’s never leave.” To which, of course, Duck responds, “Let’s leave,” racing off. Goose is very reluctant to move and keeps up a constant argument about the wisdom of just staying put. Duck manages to get them both to the beach, and in a nifty reversal, it’s Goose who now reigns, reveling in the waves, the new creatures they meet, and the seashell-filled tidal pool, while Duck just gets his feathers ruffled by everything. Hills’ illustrations are rendered in bright oil paints that capture meadow and sea with equal vivacity. Duck and Goose, of course, are their usual comically at-odds selves, this time nicely illustrating the benefits of both adventurous and cautious personalities. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Connie Fletcher
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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.
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