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What's Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites (Duck & Goose) Board book – January 8, 2008

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In what seems a natural extension of Hills’ uncluttered composition style and simple, toylike characters, the artist expands his Duck & Goose series of picture books with a board book. Helped by a new character, a bluebird, the three familiar feathered friends (Duck, Goose, and Thistle) demonstrate each of nine pairs of opposite words: front, back; near, far; high, low; and so forth. Very young children unacquainted with the characters may not find enough to engage their attention in the stripped-down scenes, which feature little more than birds, blue sky, and grass. The truth is, though, many toddlers will already know Duck & Goose (2006) and Duck, Duck, Goose (2007), both of which have ultrasimple texts perfectly accessible to young preschoolers, and for these children, a variation better able to stand up to their rip-and-chew ministrations may be just the thing. Preschool. --Jennifer Mattson

About the Author

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of Duck & Goose—called “expressive” and “adorable” in a starred review from Kirkus Reviews—and Duck, Duck, Goose, both New York Times bestsellers. He is also the illustrator of My Fuzzy Friends and Knock, Knock, Who’ s There? and a painter, an actor, and an obsessive Halloween costume-maker. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Duck & Goose
  • Board book: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; Brdbk edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375847383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375847387
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on January 12, 2008
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This colorful boardbook uses some charming drawings of four birds to illustrate the concept of opposites. There is a yellow duck, a gray duck, a blue songbird and a white goose. The words for the opposites are on each page.

Each scene shows the birds outside in the grass, doing opposite actions:
* First they stand forward, then backward.
* The gray duck screams while the blue bird whispers.
* The gray duck leaps for joy while the goose sheds a tear.
* The goose is close, the yellow duck stands far away.
* The yellow duck walks slowly while the gray runs quickly.
* The goose is clean, the yellow duck is muddy.
* The yellow duck barely lifts the heavy goose while the gray duck balances a light feather.
* The yellow duck has a butterfly on its head while the goose looks at one down on the ground.
* Finally, the goose is awake while the other three birds sleep.
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(Janelle here) Our son loves the Duck and Goose books. This one teaches him about opposites, but the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it is super short and is literally one word a page...not very long at all. So, while it get's the idea across (which is the point, I suppose! haha), I wish it were longer.
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My 19 month old loves Duck and Goose - this book is helping us understand opposites including awake/asleep, near/far, up/down, and my favorite quite/loud. While the book only has maybe 20 words, we talk about the pictures we see on each page and explain things like the red butterfly is up and the blue butterfly is down. We've been working on inside voice vs. outside voice... so the quiet/loud page gives us a change to talk what it means to be quiet and what it means to be loud. Another great Duck and Goose installment from Tad HIlls.
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Love giving the Duck and Goose books as gifts. I stock up on these because it seems like there is always a baby shower, holiday or birthday coming up. The smaller board books are perfect for infants - 3 years and the larger and hardcovers work well for older kids.
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As a huge fan of Tad Hills and his Duck and Goose characters, WHAT'S UP, DUCK? was an absolute delight!

At only twenty-two sturdy board pages, this is a perfect first reader, but it's also a great book to read with your toddler.

Along with the typical opposites of up, down and slow, fast, there are also my favorites -- clean, dirty and heavy, light.

The illustrations are what make this book a winner, and the absolute perfection of Duck and Goose are not to be missed.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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By S. Cheng on September 17, 2014
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Similar to D&G How are you feeling?, this is just a book of opposite words. There are pictures that illustrate the idea of the concepts, but nothing else to it. I love D&G books, but was kind of disappointed. I thought it would have at least a sentence that would say, "Duck is far, Goose is near", but it didn't.
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This is a fun book to use when teaching or reinforcing the concept of opposites. The illustrations are brightly colored and engaging and the examples of opposites are easy for a very young child to understand. My 24 month old grandson laughs at some of the pictures and enjoys looking at the book on his own or having me read it to him.
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The characters in the book are very lovable and sweet. My 2 year old granddaughter asks me to read this book to her frequently. She loves the pictures so much I doubt she realizes that she is also learning.
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