10 Little Rubber Ducks

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Ahoy! Here We Go
Around the World with 10 Little Rubber Ducks

"Ducks overboard!" shouts the captain, as a giant wave washes a box of 10 little rubber ducks off his cargo ship and into the sea. The 10 little rubber ducks are swept away in various directions. One drifts west, where a friendly dolphin jumps over it. A whale sings to another. But, as the sun sets, the 10th little rubber duck is left all alone, bobbing helplessly on the big wide sea. Small readers and listeners will ...

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Overview

Ahoy! Here We Go
Around the World with 10 Little Rubber Ducks

"Ducks overboard!" shouts the captain, as a giant wave washes a box of 10 little rubber ducks off his cargo ship and into the sea. The 10 little rubber ducks are swept away in various directions. One drifts west, where a friendly dolphin jumps over it. A whale sings to another. But, as the sun sets, the 10th little rubber duck is left all alone, bobbing helplessly on the big wide sea. Small readers and listeners will empathize with the little duck's plight — and will rejoice at the heartwarming surprise ending.

In this poignant and funny story, illustrated with strikingly designed collages, Eric Carle also takes readers on an exciting voyage of discovery. Following the little ducks as they float to all parts of the globe, young explorers can see for themselves the meanings of directional words, and learn simple math concepts such as counting and the use of cardinal and ordinal numbers. Each creature the ducks meet is seen in its own habitat and behaves in a true-to-life manner, offering a very simple first view of biology and geography.

All aboard for a world of learning and fun!

When a storm strikes a cargo ship, ten rubber ducks are tossed overboard and swept off in ten different directions. Based on a factual incident.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Our story begins when a box of rubber ducks falls off a cargo ship-a real event that inspired this renowned author/illustrator to imagine their individual fates: "The 3rd little rubber duck drifts north. A polar bear growls at it. The 4th little rubber duck drifts south. A flamingo stares at it." In a heartwarming twist, a family of real ducks adopts the 10th rubber duck, who happily replies to their quacks with a "squeak" made audible by a push button on the last page. Carle's sunny, signature tissue-paper collages offer gorgeous depictions of sea creatures, and his well-chosen words teach counting and directional concepts too. (ages 2 to 4)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
Publishers Weekly
Inspired by a 2003 newspaper story about a shipment of yellow rubber ducks that fell overboard from a container ship, this winsome story pairs Carle's (Mister Seahorse) characteristically jewel-toned collage art with a breezy text whose intermittent repetition lends it a song-like cadence. After little yellow rubber ducks pop out of "the rubber duck machine," their beaks and eyes receive dabs of paint, and the toys are packed 10 to a box and loaded onto a cargo ship. When a wave washes one box into the sea, its contents fall out ("10 ducks overboard!" the ship's captain theatrically announces). As the ducks drift in different directions, the counting and ecological aspects of the tale emerge; one by one the toys encounter a critter from various ocean habitats. Carle's jaunty renderings of these creatures and use of crisp verbs make this a lively journey: a dolphin jumps over the first duck, a pelican chatters at the fifth, a whale sings to the ninth. Full-page collage images give way to full-spread compositions as the 10th rubber duck meets with the most satisfying fate (it encounters a real mother duck and her nine ducklings). While mother and babies "Quack" goodnight to the moon, the new addition chimes in with a chipper "Squeak!" (a sound chip allows readers to hear it for themselves). A ducky tale indeed, as sublimely simple and endearing as the playthings it portrays. Ages 2-6. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The venerable Eric Carle based his latest book on a 2003 news report about the true adventures of a 1992 shipment of bathtub toys that was lost overboard from a container ship. From this real-life story, he has created a charming counting book about rubber ducks. Youngsters can watch rubber ducks as they are created, painted, packed, and shipped. When a storm sets them free, one-by-one they set off on their personal voyages. A dolphin, a seal, a polar bear, and a pelican—creatures of the sea and sky—colorfully interact with the ducks. All of the ducks float on. Then the tenth duck has the good fortune to find a real duck family. As they settle in for the night, quacks and a final squeak suggest the comfort of a home found. The squeaker on the last page can be pressed by little fingers, but it must be pushed in just the right place to emit a sound. This new board book version is just right for smaller hands, but the small font is definitely meant to be read by an adult. Once read, the book can be enjoyed for its illustrations, which clearly tell the story. Carle's narrative is simple, but his melange of collage and vivid acrylic strokes is as evocative as ever. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
Children's Literature
The venerable Eric Carle based his latest book on a 2003 news report about the true adventures of a 1992 shipment of bathtub toys lost overboard from a container ship. From this true-life story he has created a charming counting book about rubber ducks. Youngsters can watch rubber ducks created, painted, packed, and shipped. When a storm sets them free, one-by-one they set off for their personal voyages. A dolphin, a seal, a polar bear, and a pelican—creatures of the sea and sky colorfully interact with the ducks. All ducks float on. Until the tenth—he has the fortune to find a real duck family. As they settle in for the night, quacks and a final squeak suggest the comfort of a home found. The battery-operated squeaker on the last page can be pressed by little fingers, and when they press it too often, its battery, hidden in the binding, may be replaced. Carle's narrative is simple, but his melange of collage and vivid acrylic strokes is as evocative as ever. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Kathleen Karr
Kirkus Reviews
Ten rubber ducks are packed in a box and tied to a boat. A storm blows up on their trip across the ocean, spills them out, and they drift in different directions. One encounters a dolphin, another meets up with a seal, and so on. The tenth rubber toy runs into a family of wild ducks and they all nestle down under a friendly moon. Laura Ingalls Wilder Award-recipient and perennial favorite Carle revisits the counting-book format with his unmistakable blocky, painted collages. All of his well-known components are present: a list of animals-many of them recognizable from earlier works-repeated words and phrases, bright friendly art on lots of white background, and a noisemaker at the end. He offers his take on the 1992 news story that inspired Eve Bunting and David Wisniewski to create Ducky (1997). While not Carle's best work, it still has those saturated colors that have such appeal. Audiences of one or many will enjoy it, especially if they get to press the duck and make him squeak. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060740757
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/7/2005
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 60,933
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 12.28 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle

Eric Carle is the creator of more than seventy picture books for young readers.

Eric Carle was born in New York, USA. However, when he was just six, he moved with his parents to Germany. In 1952, after graduating from the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, he fulfilled his dream of returning to New York.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

In 2002, fifty years after Carle's return to the United States, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was opened in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here visitors of all ages can enjoy, in addition to Eric Carle's work, original artwork by other distinguished children's book illustrators from around the world.

Eric Carle es el creador de más de setenta libros ilustrados para niños.

Nació en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis años de edad se trasladó con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Künste de Stuttgart, logró cumplir su sueño de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportación global a la literatura y a la ilustración infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta años después de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguró en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, además de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen número de originales de los más destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

Eric Carle is the creator of more than seventy picture books for young readers.

Eric Carle was born in New York, USA. However, when he was just six, he moved with his parents to Germany. In 1952, after graduating from the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, he fulfilled his dream of returning to New York.

Eric Carle has received many distinguished awards and honours for his work, including, in 2003, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his lifetime contribution to children's literature and illustration.

In 2002, fifty years after Carle's return to the United States, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art was opened in Amherst, Massachusetts. Here visitors of all ages can enjoy, in addition to Eric Carle's work, original artwork by other distinguished children's book illustrators from around the world.

Eric Carle es el creador de más de setenta libros ilustrados para niños.

Nació en Syracuse, Nueva York, pero a los seis años de edad se trasladó con sus padres a Alemania. En 1952, tras graduarse de la prestigiosa Akademie der Bildenden Künste de Stuttgart, logró cumplir su sueño de regresar a Nueva York.

Ha recibido muchos e importantes premios y distinciones, entre ellos el Laura Ingalls Wilder Award en 2003, por su aportación global a la literatura y a la ilustración infantil.

En 2002, cincuenta años después de su regreso a los Estados Unidos, se inauguró en Amherst, Massachusetts, el Museo Eric Carle de Libros Ilustrados, donde se exhibe, además de la obra completa de Eric Carle, un buen número de originales de los más destacados ilustradores de libros infantiles del mundo entero.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2009

    10 Little Rubber Ducks

    I bought the book for my 2 year old great niece and she loves it!

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Very good kids book

    I bought this book for my goddaughter for her birthday. She loves rubber ducks. This book helps encourage counting. The squeaky duck at the end helps to entertain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2009

    Lots of fun

    Our son loves to read this story and hear what happens to the rubber ducks. He especially enjoys the last page where he gets to push the yellow duck!

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Classic

    I heard that the rubber ducks "escaping" from the cargo ship was a true story. I'm an Eric Carle fan so I got this one for our collection. It is a sweet story inspired by real events. So clever and with the classic colorful pictures and a real squeaking duck at the end. Another Eric Carle masterpiece.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Must Have

    I bought this for my son when he was only 6 months old. He is now almost 3 and it is still one of his favorite books. My now 10 month old daughter loves the book too. There favorite part is making the rubber duck "squeak" at the end. I read this story when I am watching a friend's children, and so far everyone has loved it. I usually give this book as a first birthday present. It is well worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2008

    Enchanting story with beautiful pictures

    My 2-year-old daughter loves this story, especially the squeaker. She counts the ducks on the cover, quacks with mother duck and the ducklings at the end and has memorized parts of the book. It's one I can read over and over to her, too. I love the idea of all of those ducks bobbing in the waves and washing up on distant shores.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    Recommended for Duck Lovers

    Bought this for our son who LOVES ducks. Story is OK, artwork is Eric Carle awesome, colorful. The squeaking ducky at the end of the story was disappointing. Received first copy to find NO squeaking. Returned it and replacement copy squeaker lasted only a few months..and it's not like we squeak it every day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Appealing...

    I thought this book was very appealing to its age group, but gave no deeper meaning. I have always known Eric Carle as an allegory teller, but I find this rubber duck story not so interesting. I wouldn't buy it myself (even though I am a teenager who does enjoy Eric Carle's other books). Hope this review helps!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    Fabbbbboulous

    Ive never read something so simply marvelous. If you have not read this book go now to your local bookstore or library and buy it or rent it and read it, it is magnificient.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2005

    just ducky

    a good story, with excellent artwork, as usual. i enjoy many of his other books, and this one is not stellar, but it is a cute story that kids will like.

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