Five Little Ducks

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"Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother duck said,
"Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only four little ducks came back"

Perfect for toddlers, this cozy and charming counting book, with its rollicking verse and bright, humorous illustrations, is now available in a sturdy board book edition.

One by one, the ...

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"Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother duck said,
"Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only four little ducks came back"

Perfect for toddlers, this cozy and charming counting book, with its rollicking verse and bright, humorous illustrations, is now available in a sturdy board book edition.

One by one, the five little ducks disappear, while Mother Duck is busy with her chores. In addition to the dwindling duck family, there are lost of other creatures for children to identify and count in the bucolic early-autumn landscape. And there is cause for celebration when finally all five errant little ducks come back.

When her five little ducks disappear one by one, a mother duck sets out to find them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Notable for the quiltlike compositions of a countryside in saturated blues and greens, Pamela Paparone's Five Little Ducks tells of a mother duck's quintet of ducklings who go off each day and whose numbers dwindle one by one. Luckily, when she goes out searching and "quacking" for them, they all return, seated at her table in a final image of this hand-size board book, also available in paperback. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this familiar rhyme, mother duck has five little ones. Each day they wander over the hills and far away and one less returns home until all have gone away. Mother duck takes matters into her own hands and heads over the hill and far away, returning with all five of her ducklings. The illustrations feature a pastoral setting reflective of years gone by with laundry hung on the line, mama duck ironing clothes, keeping the house neat, and picking apples to make a pie. The concluding page shows mama duck with a delicious apple pie and glasses of milk set out for her brood. The colored pencil and pastel illustrations are full of details that will give parent and child plenty to talk about. 2005 (orig. 1995), North-South Books, Ages 2 to 5.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreSA straightforward version of the familiar counting rhyme. Paparone's artwork, done in rich, saturated acrylics and colored pencil, effectively follows the rhyming pattern of the text. Mother Duck is shown doing a variety of household chores as well as engaging in a few hobbies. At the end of the day, she lures her youngsters home with milk and apple pie. Unfortunately, the ducks lack character. The ducklings are identical with no distinct personality traits. Similarly, Mother Duck has a vacant look and seems unconcerned about her offsprings' wanderings. Despite this flaw, Five Little Ducks is a pleasant, gentle book reminiscent of days gone by. For a more robust version, try the one from Raffi's ``Songs to Read'' series (Crown, 1988), illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey.Dawn Ibey, Vancouver Public Library, Canada
From the Publisher

"Rounded forms and warm undertones in the full-color artwork give the book a visual coziness that echoes the tone of the verse, while narrative details inthe illustrations extend the rhyme into a satisfying book. A pleasant version of an old favorite."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558587007
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 708,136
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator Charles Lindbergh and poet Anne Morrow Lindbergh, first learned about Bessie Coleman in 1986, the 60th anniversary of her father's famous flight. "Bessie was an incredibly brave person who was hardly noticed, while my parents got so much publicity it was difficult for them to live their normal lives. I saw a crazy imbalance and wanted to try to set things right." Reeve Lindbergh lives in Vermont.
Pamela Paparone observes that NOBODY OWNS THE SKY is "about making dreams come true. My own dream has always been to be a children's book illustrator. In fact, I was ten years old when I created my first children's book. I dedicated it to Johnny Cash." Pamela Paparone lives in Pennsylvania.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

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    Wonderful little story for young children

    This engaging story helps develop language and imagination in young children. Each year, I love reading this book to my first graders who are quite taken with the pictures as it relates to this traditional story. The reaction to the story is always the same...delight. (I have it in big book form as well as the regular book size). It is a story that provides fun conversation with each turn of the page.

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