Duck to the Rescue

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The Greenstalks have the cleverest animals around.

    

When something goes wrong on the farm, someone is always ready to jump in, and this time Ernie the duck is determined to help out. But no matter how hard he tries, nothing goes quite right. It takes the clever trick of a kind little lamb for Ernie to finally get his chance to come to the rescue!

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Overview

The Greenstalks have the cleverest animals around.

    

When something goes wrong on the farm, someone is always ready to jump in, and this time Ernie the duck is determined to help out. But no matter how hard he tries, nothing goes quite right. It takes the clever trick of a kind little lamb for Ernie to finally get his chance to come to the rescue!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/09/2013
Given all the disasters that befall the Greenstalk farm, it’s a wonder that it’s still in business. In the fourth book in the series that began with Chickens to the Rescue, it’s Ernie the duck’s turn to “help out.” So when the pumpkins must get to market on Monday, duck leaps into the driver’s seat of the vintage pickup truck (“I guess we can turn them into pumpkin pie,” says Farmer Greenstalk of the aftermath). Duck’s attempts to retrieve a calf from the rafters of the barn, babysit chickens, and serve as a scarecrow are equally fraught with disaster—and just as certain to have kids laughing through a week’s worth of barnyard chaos. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
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"Brief text, simple sentences, and the repetitive cry, "Duck to the rescue!" frame pencil and watercolor cartoon illustrations." - School Library Journal

"...certain to have kids laughing through a week’s worth of barnyard chaos."—Publishers Weekly

 

Praise for Chickens to the Rescue:

“The details in each rescue scene will have everyone laughing.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“The joke gets funnier each time you turn the page.” —Booklist

“Further proof, as if it were needed, that chickens are funny.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Pigs To The Rescue:

"Himmelman's expressively comedic illustrations keep it as funny as ever." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for Cows To The Rescue:

"This expressive and determined herd of cows should have readers laughing until the you-know-whats come home." —Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
Ernie the duck wants to help the farmer with his work. But every time that duck comes to the rescue someone ends up helping duck instead. Poor little Ernie begins to feel sad that he cannot help or rescue anyone. So lamb helps Ernie feel special again by helping him come to lamb’s rescue. Children and adults alike will delight in the beautifully illustrated book about duck’s adventures. The illustrations are bright and colorful and tell half of the story. The words fit well with the illustrations and are simple enough for a beginning reader to read. The pattern to the story allows children to get involved and help tell the story. Children will love the humor. Parents will enjoy the subtle way the author weaves in lessons about friendship and to keep trying despite your failures. The large picture book is the perfect size to share with a youngster perched on your lap. Reviewer: Tima Murrell; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—In the fourth visit to the Greenstalk farm, the well-meaning but terribly clumsy Ernie the Duck makes a mess more often than he succeeds in "rescuing" his farm friends. When Ernie tries to help Farmer Greenstalk get the pumpkins to market, they end up in bits and pieces, fit only for pie. The theme continues as the duck attempts, but fails, to properly look after a neighbor's young chicks. In a spread that will invite giggles, the chicks have conquered their hapless babysitter, brandishing wooden swords in a rousing pirate reenactment. Ernie utterly fails as an effective scarecrow in the cornfield, and doesn't make a good soccer player, either. Finally, it is a young lamb that finds a way to thank the frenetic fowl for his valiant, if misplaced, acts of kindness. Brief text, simple sentences, and the repetitive cry, "Duck to the rescue!" frame pencil and watercolor cartoon illustrations. A supplemental purchase for libraries with young fans of the Greenstalk animals.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
Now that the pigs, the chickens and the cows at Greenstalk's farm have made merry mayhem (Cows to the Rescue, 2011, etc.), it's the duck's turn. In this fourth episode of barnyard slapstick from Himmelman, Ernie the duck tries to solve various problems that beset the Greenstalk farm and in the process, makes a delightful hash out of things. He crashes a truck full of pumpkins that are late for the market, has to be rescued himself from the rafters by the calf he has climbed up to save, gets tied up like Gulliver when he babysits the chicks and throws a great shadow-monster against the wall when he switches on the flashlight to comfort a frightened Emily. Ernie's animal friends feel his pain, and a lamb finds a way to restore his confidence. Himmelman's watercolors are sure, whether depicting the brewing crisis or Ernie's inevitable mortification. The artwork also has a comedic clarity that lifts the simple text, enlivening its deadpan humor: "I guess we can turn them into pumpkin pie," says the farmer, pumpkin shell on head and pumpkin guts oozing everywhere. As in the earlier books, there is a hooting refrain--"Duck to the rescue!"--which will make for a raucous read-aloud. This well-intentioned duck has a heart of gold to go with his lead foot and ham fist--er, wing. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805094855
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Series: Barnyard Rescue Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 354,564
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.23 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

John Himmelman is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children. Duck to the Rescue is his fourth book documenting the remarkable helpfulness of the Greenstalk farm animals, the others being Chickens To The Rescue, Pigs To The Rescue, and Cows To The Rescue.  He lives in Connecticut with his family.

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

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    Ernie the duck wants to help the farmer with his work. But ever

    Ernie the duck wants to help the farmer with his work. But every time that duck comes to the rescue someone ends up helping duck instead. Poor little Ernie begins to feel sad that he can't help or rescue anyone. So lamb helps Ernie feel special again by helping him come to lamb's rescue.

    Children and adults alike will delight in the beautifully illustrated book about duck's adventures. The illustrations are bright and colorful and tell half of the story. The words fit well with the illustrations and are simple enough for a beginning reader to read. The pattern to the story allows children to get involved and help tell story. Children will love the humor. Parents will enjoy the subtle way the author weaves in lessons about friendship and to keep trying despite your failures. The large picture book is the perfect size to sit on a lap and read.

    I received this book free of charge from Children's Lit in exchange for my honest review.

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