Santa Duck and His Merry Helpers

Santa Duck and His Merry Helpers

by David Milgrim
     
 

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It's Christmastime, so Nicholas Duck puts on his Santa's helper suit and proudly starts gathering wish lists for Santa. But this year, Nicholas's little brothers and sister want to help. Nicholas is not too keen on the idea, and when the overeager ducks try to outdo each other by promising outlandish gifts-the Hoover Dam for the beaver, a castle for the frog-

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It's Christmastime, so Nicholas Duck puts on his Santa's helper suit and proudly starts gathering wish lists for Santa. But this year, Nicholas's little brothers and sister want to help. Nicholas is not too keen on the idea, and when the overeager ducks try to outdo each other by promising outlandish gifts-the Hoover Dam for the beaver, a castle for the frog- Nicholas gets fed up. And as he tries to explain to his siblings what Christmas is all about, it turns out the kids have a thing or two to teach Nicholas about working together. With its funny text and illustrations, this story will have kids laughing as they celebrate the spirit of the season with Santa Ducks.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In his second outing as Santa's helper, Nicholas Duck prepares to collect Christmas lists, but his needling younger brothers and sister want in on the action. When various animals make their Christmas requests, his siblings try to one-up each other. "I'll get you a beautiful princess," quacks his sister to a frog; "I'll get you your own planet!" boasts a brother. Finally, Nicholas reminds them that Christmas is about "love and goodwill," but quickly has to eat his words. With humor aplenty and a knack for sibling dynamics, Milgrim offers a holiday story with panache. Ages 5–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
The holidays are overwhelming, even for children. It is easy to get caught up in the preparation and the giving and receiving of gifts that the true meaning of the holiday season is quickly lost. Milgram attempts to do what so many books, movies, and television shows have done before and present the true meaning of Christmas in a fun and heartwarming manner. Nicholas Duck is tasked each year with discovering what the animals throughout the forest want Santa to bring them for Christmas. But when his younger brothers and sister follow him on his rounds, wanting to help and offering much more to the animals than Santa would be able to deliver, Nick loses his temper and yells at them that this is his job and they are doing it all wrong. But Nick soon sees the error of his ways, realizing that Christmas is a time of sharing and spending time with family, and he lets his siblings go along with him as he completes his rounds. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and convey the importance Nicholas feels as he creates his list, but also show the trouble his siblings cause as they try and help. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Nicholas Duck, star of Santa Duck (Putnam, 2008), is excited at the prospect of his second Christmas collecting wish lists for Santa. Unfortunately, his three enthusiastic siblings want to help. When they keep promising increasingly fabulous and unreasonable presents, Nicholas irritably explains that Christmas is not just about gifts, but also about love and kindness and goodwill. The little ducks ask if that means letting little siblings "help Santa even if you think you're some kind of important big shot?" Er—yes, it does, and it turns out to be a fine Christmas after all. Both younger and older siblings will delight in the simple, goofy humor and appealing cartoon illustrations of Nicholas and his brothers and sister, the youngest a yellow duckling in a diaper. Put this title at the top of your Christmas list.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

In this comical sequel to Santa Duck (2008), Nicholas Duck is back with his Santa suit so he can be Santa Duck again this year, taking Christmas gift requests from the other animals to pass along to the real Santa. But this year, his little brothers and sister want to be Santa's helpers too, and Santa Duck doesn't want to share. As each animal gives Santa Duck a gift request, the sibling ducks up the ante, each topping the other with outrageous (and hilarious) gift suggestions. Santa Duck explains that Christmas is really about sharing—but his siblings point out that sharing also applies to big brothers. A multifaceted plot and some succinct lessons are skillfully conveyed in just a few pages, with the funny dialogue contained in speech balloons within the holiday-bright, cartoon-style illustrations. Jingle quack! (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399254734
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/14/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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