Love-a-Duck

Love-a-Duck

by Alan James Brown
     
 

This is the charming story of a young girl and her favorite toy—a rubber ducky!

Jane loves her rubber ducky, Love-a-Duck, and he loves her too! But one day the squeak seems to have gone out of him. Will Jane stop loving him if he can't squeak like a good rubber ducky? Then Love-a-Duck accidentally falls out of the window and ends up at the park. He

Overview

This is the charming story of a young girl and her favorite toy—a rubber ducky!

Jane loves her rubber ducky, Love-a-Duck, and he loves her too! But one day the squeak seems to have gone out of him. Will Jane stop loving him if he can't squeak like a good rubber ducky? Then Love-a-Duck accidentally falls out of the window and ends up at the park. He rides in a baby carriage, bobs in the pond with real ducks, and even meets fish swimming below. Love-a-Duck is on the adventure of a lifetime . . . but will he ever get his squeak back?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Jane's plastic duck, Love-a-Duck, is happy in the tub with her. But when he can no longer squeak, he fears that Jane no longer loves him. From the windowsill, Love-a Duck falls into John's carriage. Not being able to squeak, he can only say, "Squidge..." as Mom, Jane, John, and Buster the dog, wheel the carriage to the park. When the duck falls out there, Buster runs away with him and drops him in the pond. After each mishap, we are asked, "Did anybody see?" "No, they didn't!" is the answer. And each time, Love-a-Duck tries to squeak, in vain. In the pond, the other ducks laugh at him. Pushed to the side, Jane doesn't see him either. But when they all go home, Buster carries him along and dumps him in the tub. This time, Jane sees him. Happy together, he finds his squeak at last. Chessa combines quite simple, sketchy colored drawings of the characters with broad application of paints suggesting the contexts of both interiors and the expanse of the park. Jane's trip to the tub with the duck in tow begins on the front end pages and ends with the tub filled with suds and presumably them both at the close. Young listeners should enjoy the repetitions and the duck-y sound. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1—Jane loves her yellow plastic duck. When he falls off his perch and out the window into her brother's carriage, nobody notices. The next few hours hold sometimes-scary adventures for the bath toy—a romp through the park in the family dog's mouth, a swim with real ducks in the pond, getting splashed with mud, and being pushed around by a fish. Though poor Love-a-Duck has attempted all day to squeak at the other animals like any self-respecting rubber ducky should, he's unable to manage it. After his return to the tub, via the same dog, the contented toy is finally able to "Squeak, squeak!" Cheerful, bright illustrations help relate this humorous escapade. Call-and-response portions of the book will engage young listeners, who will laugh at the duck's attempts to get his voice just right.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
This affable tale chronicles the adventures of a rubber duck on the loose, with Brown impishly recounting the story from the faux fowl's point of view. Love-a-Duck is quite content to be Jane's bath toy. However, when the waterlogged plaything is unable to squeak, it fears losing Jane's affection. A tumble from the windowsill and the intervention of the family pooch lead to a calamitous day outside. Young readers will be entertained by the travails of the beleaguered bath toy as it finds itself unceremoniously dropped in a pond, where it comes face to face with a flock of real ducks. A happy ending is in store for the yellow toy as it returns home with its exultant squeak restored. The avuncular narrative voice engages the audience in repetitive questions and answers, and Love-a-Duck's comical attempts at speaking provide plenty of participation opportunities. Chessa's lively pencil sketches comically convey Love-a-Duck's exasperation as it endures the events of the day. Her cheery, inviting paintings are the just-right complement to this quirky tale. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422630
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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