Duncan the Dancing Duck

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An irrepressible dancing duck leaves his pond to find fame in the big city, but after receiving a Golden Duck Award he wants only to return to his family. "The simple text, accompanied by the bright and bold pictures makes Duncan a real charmer. He'll be a star for years to come. -- School Library Journal

An irrepressible dancing duck leaves his pond to find fame in the big city, but after receiving a Golden Duck Award he only wants...

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Overview

An irrepressible dancing duck leaves his pond to find fame in the big city, but after receiving a Golden Duck Award he wants only to return to his family. "The simple text, accompanied by the bright and bold pictures makes Duncan a real charmer. He'll be a star for years to come. -- School Library Journal

An irrepressible dancing duck leaves his pond to find fame in the big city, but after receiving a Golden Duck Award he only wants to return to his family.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW said this picture book about an irrepressible duck "is winningly light on its feet, conveying a timeless, cheerful simplicity." Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Hoff's Bernard on His Own , this tale concerns a youngster who seeks adventure despite parental remonstrations. Irrepressible Duncan first experiences the limelight when his dances amuse his four fellow ducklings. Though his mother tells him to ``stay in line'' as the family paddles around the pond, Duncan can't resist doing jigs for the pigs, the chickens and, finally, the farmer and his wife: ``They watched him dance around the kitchen without breaking a dish. `He's good,' said the farmer.'' Duncan soon appears on TV and wins international acclaim; fame proves exhausting, however, and the farmer and his wife look concerned as they escort the dog-tired duck back to his pond. Hoff's economical and subtly funny text clearly points out the give-and-take in Duncan's family: when the prodigal duck returns, he does ``one more dance--just for his mother,'' to acknowledge his gratitude for his freedom and for the security of home. The illustrations are likewise basic and adroit--Duncan's eyes are closed in a reverie and his beak is held proudly as he twirls, and his multi-specied fans smile and wave with enthusiasm. This picture book is winningly light on its feet, conveying a timeless, cheerful simplicity. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Duncan doesn't stay in line like the other ducklings; instead he dances his way into the farmhouse and eventually into stardom. Celebrity has its drawbacks, and when he is exhausted from dancing he returns to his pond to swim. He is so happy to be back that he does one last dance, just for his mother. Syd Hoff is a much loved and much read author and illustrator.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Duncan is a duckling who dances his way from the pond to international stardom. But after winning the Golden Duck Award, he's exhausted and returns home ``to swim, swim, swim with his family,'' performing just one more dance-for his mother. Vivid colors enhance Hoff's typical, stylistic cartoons. The simple text accompanied by the bright and bold pictures makes Duncan a real charmer. He'll be a star for years to come.-Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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"Hoff's economical and subtly funny text clearly point out the give-and-take in Duncan's family: when the prodical duck returns, he does 'one more dance - just for his mother,' to acknowledge his gratutide for his freedom and for the security to return home. The illustrations are likewise basic and adroit - Duncan's eyes are closed in a reverie and his beak is held proudly as he twirls, and his multi-specied fans smile and wave with enthusiasm. This picture book is winningly light on it's feet, conveying a timeless, cheerful simplicity." Publishers Weekly

"The simple text, accompanied by the bright and bold pictures makes Duncan a real charmer. He'll be a star for years to come." School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395968895
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Syd Hoff is a much-loved and much-read author and illustrator of numerous books for children. Born and raised in New York City, he studied at the National Academy of Design and sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker when he was eighteen. Since then his cartoons have become a regular feature in many magazines and newspapers. Syd Hoff and his wife live in Miami Beach, Florida.

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