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Little White Duck

Little White Duck

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by Bernard Zaritzky, Joan Paley

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Quack, buzz, glug, and hiss along to this beloved song, brought to life in picture book form by artist Joan Paley. Musical notation is included. Full color.


Quack, buzz, glug, and hiss along to this beloved song, brought to life in picture book form by artist Joan Paley. Musical notation is included. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Sesame Street Parents
Layered, collage illustrations bring to life this popular children's song about a handful of critters doing what they oughter. There's the little white duck who takes a bite of a lily pad, the green frog who jumps off the pad, the black bug who tickles the frog, and the red snake who frightens everyone away. Your child will sing the words and join in on on the quacks, glugs, buzzes, and boo-hoos (then, perhaps, insist on doing it all over again). Unlike the song, this version ends happily with a picture of the entire critter cast, standing on stage before an appreciative audience and taking a bow.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This song, copyright 1950 (renewed 1978), hums itself in the head of this reviewer! Burl Ives singing is what I remember, and it pleases me greatly to share this treasure with children and to keep the song alive. The illustrations are wonderful, complementing the song with humor, and reminding the reader of Carle and Ehlert. The collages "are a combination of cut paper, watercolor, crayon, and pastel. Watercolor washes along with crayon and pastel line were applied to textured and/or colored papers, which were then cut and layered to create a three-dimensional effect." The melody is given for the song, and guitar (autoharp) chords make this a natural for storytime for pre-schoolers through second grade. The song tells of the duck, "doing what he oughter," who took a bite of a lily pad, and set off a chain of events that left the narrator alone, singing "Boo! Hoo! Hoo!" 2000, Little Brown, Ages 2 to 7, $13.95. Reviewer: Candace Deisley
Kirkus Reviews
This favorite song, written in the 1950s, has been a kid-pleaser for generations, thanks to such song stylists as Danny Kaye, Burl Ives, and more recently, Raffi. It comes as no surprise, then, to find that the real news is the gorgeous new illustrations offered in an oversized format by the creator of other brightly appealing books such as What's That Sound, Woolly Bear? (1996). Luscious collages in shimmery blues and greens, the lovely pink of the lily pad and the brilliant red of the snake fill the pages. Watercolor washes applied to textured or colored paper create a three-dimensional effect that has one almost reaching out to stroke the duck's feathers. Set out as a playlet, the actors are introduced on the title page, and then the curtain opens. Readers follow the action and can sing along with the guitar-strumming river-rat narrator. They can quack along with the little white duck, glug with the little green frog (not so little here), buzz with the little black bug or hiss with the little red snake, the villain of the piece. This is a truly spectacular undertaking that deserves a wide audience. Bravo. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Walt Whippo and Bernard Zaritzky wrote the lyrics and music for Little White Duck in 1950, and children have been singing it ever since. It has been recorded by many popular performers, including Danny Kaye, Burl Ives, and Raffi.

Joan Paley is a graphic designer and has illustrated many well-received picture books. She studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.

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