The young boy in this story looks too old to be playing with a yellow rubber duck. He takes him for a ride and also to the playground. As the day's activities progress both the boy and the yellow duck start to look a little worse for wear. The coup de grace is sticky marshmallows all over the boys face and the duck. Naturally they head home and take a bubble bath. The text may be more complex for older readers, but the story will have more appeal to younger kids. A Level C book in the "Compass Point Early Reader" series, this offering uses 101 different words in the story. 2002, Compass Point Books, $18.60. Ages 4 to 6. Reviewer:Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-A boy takes his tub toy outside for a day of play. They go bike riding, give a ladybug a lift, hide from the child's big sister, jump into a leaf pile, roll down a muddy hill, and eat marshmallows before they both return home for a bath. Short rhyming phrases move the simple story forward. The watercolor illustrations add to the playfulness of the text. A word list and "Parent's Page" with activity suggestions follow the story. An adequate selection for beginning-reader collections.-Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.