Nine Ducks Nine

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"Pastoral watercolors dovetail neatly with the lighthearted mood of this merry counting book." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Nine plump ducks walk to the river, with hungry Mr. Fox close behind. One by one the ducks make their way down to the rickety bridge, where they have a big surprise waiting for Mr. Fox! With this bright and busy story, young children will learn to count backward from nine to one before you can say, "Quack-quack!"

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Overview

"Pastoral watercolors dovetail neatly with the lighthearted mood of this merry counting book." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Nine plump ducks walk to the river, with hungry Mr. Fox close behind. One by one the ducks make their way down to the rickety bridge, where they have a big surprise waiting for Mr. Fox! With this bright and busy story, young children will learn to count backward from nine to one before you can say, "Quack-quack!"

As Mr. Fox watches and draws closer to nine ducks, one by one they drop out of sight.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mr. Fox inevitably gets his comeuppance after spying (hungrily) on a flock of clever ducks in what PW called a "lighthearted" and "merry" counting book in rhyme. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Karen Saxe
Nine ducks walk down to the river, but a wily fox is right behind! One by one they make their getaway and, in doing so, introduce the young reader to the notion of subtraction. Nice watercolor and ink illustrations evoke the gentle English countryside. 1996 (orig.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Nine ducks outsmart a slinky fox who pursues them, confident that as least one will wind up on his dinner plate. The plumb ducks tease and taunt Mr. Fox until he falls right into their plan. Crash! Splash! Bye-bye, Foxy. Large, colorful and clearly designed full-page illustrations abound with humor and action. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-- An original story that reads like a fingerplay.``Nine ducks nine walked out in line./ Mr. Fox was watching./One duck ran away,/ down to the rickety bridge.'' On each double-page spread, there is one less duck, the fox gets closer, and the bridge becomes more crowded. Finally, Mr. Fox pounces, the bridge breaks, and he falls into the river, after which he ``went home to his den and never chased those ducks again.'' Hayes' slightly overfull watercolor and ink illustrations are endearing. Eight of the nine ducks are white; the yellow-and-black speckled one that resembles a large duckling is, of course, the last to go. On each page, speech balloons allow the ducks to comment, (``Foxes are silly,'' ``He can't see me,'' ``He's coming,'' ``I'm hungry,'' ``I'm off!''). The fox isbig, scruffy, and klutzy--menacing without looking actually dangerous. The text does not flow smoothly, since only one line per page rhymes. The art and story line are, nonetheless, appealing and will be enjoyed by preschoolers. --JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Pub . Lib . , CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763638160
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    A great Book.

    My five year old grandson loved this book.He thought it was funny and silly.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    I be right back...I go to the wickety bwridge...

    I bought this for a cute Easter book. My youngest granddaughter (age 2) really caught on to the story line. She knew Mr Fox was on each page. She would say, there he is that Mr, Box. (fox) Then, once, she got up and said...I be right back. I go to the wickety bwridge! My daughter laughed out loud at her. So cute! We love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    humorous counting book

    This is a backwards counting book, in which the number of ducks keeps getting subtracted, not added. I love ducks, and I loved the illustrations and the way the ducks managed to foil a hungry fox, with no harm done to anyone. I also liked the ducks' comments in balloons in addition to the narrative. It's a cute book for a small child, whether you want to teach the child something about numbers or just read a nice story.

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