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Happy Birthday, Dear Duck

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For his birthday, Duck's animal friends give him a swimming suit, a diving board, and a slide, but it is not until Tortoise arrives with an inflatable pool that they have something to swim in.

Duck's birthday gifts from his animal friends are wonderful but cannot be used away from the water, a problem eventually solved by the arrival of his last gift.

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Overview

For his birthday, Duck's animal friends give him a swimming suit, a diving board, and a slide, but it is not until Tortoise arrives with an inflatable pool that they have something to swim in.

Duck's birthday gifts from his animal friends are wonderful but cannot be used away from the water, a problem eventually solved by the arrival of his last gift.

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"Brett's vivid colors and expressive animal characters add charm to the festivities; Bunting's verses are witty and whimsical." Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The collaborators who brought us The Mother's Day Mice and Scary, Scary Halloween are in excellent form in this fun, frothy celebration. Duck is a cheery little fellow who lives in the desert. For his birthday, his animal friends give him a swimming suit, a sunhat, a scuba mask and other water gear. Duck is ``pleased as can be'' with his gifts, ``But we're far from a lake and far from the sea/ How can I use what you've given to me?'' Finally his ever-tardy friend Tortoise arrives with his giftan inflatable swimming pooland in no time the friends have blown up the pool and hopped in. Brett's vivid colors and expressive animal characters add charm to the festivities; Bunting's verses are witty and whimsical. Ages 3-6. (April)
School Library Journal
PreS-K Those who have come to expect illustrations from Jan Brett that vibrate with color, warmth, and activity will not be disappointed with her efforts in Happy Birthday, Dear Duck. A kind of cumulative tale, Bunting's simple ``mystery'' storyline develops at a leisurely pace that young children will appreciate. As charming friend after friend brings gifts, duck finds himself with a pile of presentsamong them a swimming suit, beach ball, scuba maskfor which he has little use in the desert. What glues the plot pieces together is the final gift (which children will no doubt have gleefully guessed)an inflatable pool. The book is occasionally flawed by awkward rhythm, forced rhymes (``goodness''/``rudeness'' and ``pool''/``grew''), and a general lack of freshness in Bunting's verse. However, the story concept is original, with enough tension and fun to entertain young children quite successfully. Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, Wis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395525944
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, and numerous novels. She lives in Southern California.

With more than thirty million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author/illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

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