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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

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 0500 (What's this?)
  • Series: Duck & Goose
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385372353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385372350
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Suzan Lawrence on July 16, 2014
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My two year old granddaughter loves this series. The board books are a little young for her but this book has become a favorite, perhaps, in part, because she too loves the beach. The pictures are wonderful as is the journey these two friends make over hill and dale until they reach the beach. One is cautious and the other adventuresome so they make a good pair.
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My grandson lives near a Texas beach. I knew this book needed to be in his library. Tad Hills has become a trusted author for our family. We know our grandson will be drawn by the artwork, characters and storyline. Those birds are such good friends!
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‘Duck & Goose Go to the Beach’ written and illustrated by Tad Hills is a story of friendship, one exciting adventure, of routines and expectations that are often barriers to new beautiful discoveries.

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.
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Sweet book. I bought it for my three and a half year old grandson but that was a mistake. He is already into avengers and Star Wars and this didn't interest him. I gave it to a friend who has a two year old daughter and she chooses it every night for her bedtime book.
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I just love the Duck and Goose books for my grand children. They are enthralled with the bright colors and the simple story. Somehow, Duck and Goose always find the answer to a problem by the end of the book! A great little book
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I got this book for my 2-year-old daughter in preparation for our family vacation to Hawaii, which was her first time going to the beach. This book introduced the concept of not only the beach but also going on a trip away from home, and it got her very excited about seeing new things and having new experiences before our trip. She memorized the whole book word-for-word within days, and she recited it constantly while we were in Hawaii.

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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We love Tad Hills Duck and Goose books. We have all the books...board books and hard covers. My kids love these characters and we think they're pretty cute and don't mind reading these books repeatedly to young kids. He's a great writer and illustrator.
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My 1 year old absolutely loves these duck and goose books! Its great that they are board books so she can't rip them. She crawls right up to them when they are on the floor and starts laughing and smiling right away
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