Duck Skates

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Come play in the snow with these five fun-loving ducks!

It’s snowing! Five little ducks can’t wait to go out and play. They pull on their bright new boots and race outside for a day of snowballs and skating. When evening comes, the tired ducklings are happy to find the perfect toasty ending to their busy day.

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Come play in the snow with these five fun-loving ducks!

It’s snowing! Five little ducks can’t wait to go out and play. They pull on their bright new boots and race outside for a day of snowballs and skating. When evening comes, the tired ducklings are happy to find the perfect toasty ending to their busy day.

From the first sprinkle of snowflakes to the last sip of cocoa, this cozy little book celebrates all the joys of winter.

Five little ducks skate, romp, and play in the snow.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Fine-feathered friends romp through the wintry chill in Duck Skates. In rollicking verse, author Lynne Berry follows the snowy antics of five ducklings as they pull on boots, stumble across the ice, toss snowballs and finally, back indoors, sip cocoa and curl up to sleep. Preschoolers will love the lively rhymed couplets and many opportunities to practice emerging counting skills: "Five little ducks land deep in snow./Three ducks duck when the first two THROW!" Hiroe Nakata's warm-hued palette casts a rosy glow on the playful friends. Kids will have a great time searching for the red bird and bunnies that peek out from trees and bushes. 2005, Henry Holt, Ages 2 to 6.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Five ducks spend the day frolicking in the snow, then return home to cocoa and sleep. Their activities are described in clever, rhyming verses with one or two sentences per page that subtly present simple math concepts: "Five ducks tramp. Ten boots stamp." Their antics often divide them into smaller groups. "Three ducks slip down the hill and slide./Two ducks, stomping, tromp inside." When they skate past a sign that reads "STOP! SNOW!" they crash into a deep pile and begin a snowball fight. The illustrations follow the text exactly, allowing children to count the ducks engaged in each activity. The watercolor-and-ink pictures convey the playfulness in warm, cozy tones, and a surprising amount of expression is conveyed in simple lines. The steady rhythm makes this an appealing choice to read aloud, particularly one-on-one or with a small group.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Five ducklings could not be more excited over the hefty snowfall outside their windows. They grab their hats, coats, boots and skates; two are so wound up they can't wait for the others and so run ahead. They all skate, have a great snowball fight, skate some more and head for home to dry off and have cocoa and cake before curling up in front of a fire. Berry's first children's book is a rambunctious, rhyming ode to the joys of group skates and winter fun. The text hides cagey little numbers lessons and reinforcements of the idea of pairs (of skates, boots, ducks). Nakata's watercolor-and-ink paintings extend the exuberance of the rhyme. Her downy waterfowl slip, bounce, topple and slide across every illustration, some spot, others nearly full-bleed. Even though ducks seem to grace every picture book these days, this one's a first purchase. Storytimers will have just one word for you when you finish this: AGAIN! (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805072198
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,137,422
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.33 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Berry lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and assorted pets. This is her first book for young readers.

Hiroe Nakata grew up in Japan and now lives with her husband in New York City. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, she has illustrated many books for young readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    A Romp in the Snow

    Duck Skates is a delightful romp through the snow with a quintet of mischievous ducks. The rhyme and rhythm are absolutely perfect, and the crisp language brings these pranksters to life. Best of all their delightful day ends tucked up in blankets and cocoa while their snowy boots and jackets drip on the hearth. Bravo to Lynne Berry. Hiroe Nakata's illustrations are also marvelous. Each reading reveals more darling touches. This is the best kind of picture book, one that will satisfy both child and adult through many, many readings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    A delight for children, young and old

    Duck Skates is a bouncy, cheery book full of rhymes and numbers and colors. Lynne Berry has captured a child's enthusiasm for a new snowfall, the delight in playing together, and the comfort of home. As a grandmother and a collector of children's books for decades, I strongly recommend this one for your collection, your children, and your grandchildren.

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