Ducks Don't Wear Socks

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Emily is a serious girl. She enjoys serious things like bird-watching, math, and playing the cello. But one day while she's taking a walk, Emily runs into Duck, who is anything but serious . . .

'Duck,' asked Emily. 'What are you wearing'?
'Socks!' yelled Duck.
'Ducks don't wear socks,' replied Emily seriously.
'Cold feet!' yelled Duck, and ...

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Overview

Emily is a serious girl. She enjoys serious things like bird-watching, math, and playing the cello. But one day while she's taking a walk, Emily runs into Duck, who is anything but serious . . .

'Duck,' asked Emily. 'What are you wearing'?
'Socks!' yelled Duck.
'Ducks don't wear socks,' replied Emily seriously.
'Cold feet!' yelled Duck, and off he went.

Through a series of humorous run-ins, Duck teaches Emily the importance of laughing-especially at oneself. A witty and comical debut picture book, this hilariously illustrated story will have readers laughing along with Emily.

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Children's Literature - Susan Borges
This delightful tale with charming illustrations is a story about personalities and change. Emily is a serious little girl, unlike Duck, who is light-hearted and fun-loving. Duck helps Emily see the more humorous side of life because he disregards what Emily announces to be appropriate behavior, and does what makes him happy. For example, when he goes bike riding, he wears socks to keep his feet warm, despite the fact that Emily says ducks don't wear socks. And when he goes to a meeting, Duck wears a necktie because this is a BIG meeting, despite the fact that Emily says ducks don't wear neckties. Soon Emily is charmed by Duck's humor and joy. She begins to smile and find humor in everyday situations. Young readers will enjoy seeing how Duck's personality and attitude can change Emily's serious outlook and add joy to her life. This whimsical read-aloud picture book story can be read and enjoyed over and over. The colorful illustrations are wonderful and the text is simple and predictive, making this book a good choice as either a read-aloud or an independent read for young children. Reviewer: Susan Borges
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PreS-Gr 2- A serious girl learns to loosen up after meeting a dapper duck with a wacky wardrobe and a penchant for delivering deadpan retorts. She first sees him wearing socks, and then a tie, a cowboy hat, and the always-giggle-generating underwear. The seemingly coincidental meetings follow a pattern that children will appreciate. When straitlaced Emily questions Duck's attire, he is always ready with a succinct (and silly) reply that requires him to continue on his merry way. As the story progresses, his outfits and reasons become more outlandish, causing Emily to lighten up and ultimately find a way to make Duck himself laugh in return. Duck's retorts appear in bold font and encourage readers to build on their expression. White's colorful illustrations bring the story's humor to life. The cartoon style allows the creature's wackiness to shine while providing visual clues for those just beginning to read independently. A lighthearted lesson on the benefits of laughter, this is just plain fun. Duck will fly off the shelves with the same speed as Mo Willems's Pigeon.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

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When Emily, a serious girl, meets Duck, who is definitely not serious and is riding a unicycle and wearing socks, she points out, "Ducks don't wear socks." "Cold feet," yells Duck. On each ensuing day, Emily meets Duck wearing an assortment of unusual items: a cowboy hat as he rides a hobbyhorse, boots (for plowing), a tie and, finally, underwear. As Emily admonishes Duck on his silly apparel, her seriousness fades to giggles, ending in the last spread with Emily sporting a duck costume and the two ducks laughing together. The quirky illustrations play off the absurdity, with Duck's retorts in heavy type. White affects an unusual artistic device with Duck: His dot eye and eyebrow from the usually unseen side of his profile are drawn, seemingly floating in space. This goofy concept will entertain kids as it pokes fun at being too serious. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670061365
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

John Nedwidek lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Lee White lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2010

    Laugh Out Loud Fun!

    My sons are 3 and 6 years old and they love this book. We originally got it from the library, but went and bought our own copy because we enjoyed it so much. It quickly became one of their all-time favorites. My husband, myself, and even Grandma have all had a good time reading this to them. Would recommend to anyone looking for a fun and light-hearted book that will get you giggling.

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