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How Do You Count a Dozen Ducklings? Hardcover – January 1, 2006

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PreSchool-K–To keep track of her 12 ducklings, Mama Duck groups them and regroups them–in twos, then threes, then fours, and finally in two lines of six. A hungry wolf with poor eyesight smells them marching through the weeds and decides to attack. Hearing One, two, he thinks that it will be easy for him to capture his lunch. Hes in for a surprise when he learns that Mama Duck has her offspring in two groups, and that 12 ducklings can pack a punch. Each little bird has an individual hairstyle and a personality to go with it, making the bold color illustrations fun to follow while looking for the wolf. Kids will enjoy this read-aloud that introduces math concepts. The text falls short as some rhymes work (back/track) while others do not (out/count), but dont let that stop anyone from enjoying the educational value of this book and its funny little quackers.–Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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In the style of Stuart Murphy's MathStart series, this lively picture book, originally published in Korea, is both an entertaining story and a playful way to teach simple arithmetic. Mama Duck tries various ways to keep track of her dozen ducklings. First she sorts them by twos, so she only needs to count to six. Then she makes it easier by grouping the ducklings into threes. When that proves to be too much counting, she lines them up in groups of four, and then six. When an old wolf attacks, Mama and ducklings overwhelm him with their sheer numbers.^B The double-page spreads show multiplication and division in spacious scenarios with brightly colored characters that splash, scowl, and have fun in small groups--and finally all together as they defeat their enemy. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; 1 edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807517186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807517185
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 11 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this was a wonderful children's book. The text was interesting and the illustrations were great. And there were 15 scenes (2-pages each), so it was not too short or not too long. This book is a 2006 US issue of a 1999 book first produced in Korea.

The story is about a mother duck that has 12 little ducklings to look after when they hatch. To keep track of them she thinks up various ways to group them so she doesn't have to count to 12 every time. The different ways she counts not only makes for a great story, but also helps teach your kids a little bit about basic mathematics.

I would have liked the book better if the ducks had been some other animal that could have realistically been able to group together to fend off a wolf. And it could have been a little more realistic if a critical point in the story had not relied on the wolf being able to understand the duck's language. But what the heck, it's a little kids' book and I'm sure kids will love having it read to them and they will learn from it, too. 4 stars!
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I teach first grade and use this book to teach an introduction to multiplication. I use little rubber duckies with it and we make the different combinations while reading it. It is a wonderful unit and the kids love it. It would be great to read at school or home.
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