Seymour and Henry

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Two adventurous ducklings get a little too carried away in a tale of a mother-and-ducky reunion that toddlers are sure to appreciate.

Seymour and Henry love to play and can’t wait to jump in the pond. Plop! But when it’s time to go home, pit-a-pat, they run away, scampering farther and farther from their mother. Now it’s starting to rain, and Mommy is nowhere to be seen. "QUACK!" Can they find their way back? And what will their mommy do then? With her trademark soft pastels, ...

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Overview

Two adventurous ducklings get a little too carried away in a tale of a mother-and-ducky reunion that toddlers are sure to appreciate.

Seymour and Henry love to play and can’t wait to jump in the pond. Plop! But when it’s time to go home, pit-a-pat, they run away, scampering farther and farther from their mother. Now it’s starting to rain, and Mommy is nowhere to be seen. "QUACK!" Can they find their way back? And what will their mommy do then? With her trademark soft pastels, Kim Lewis brings to life an endearing pair of toy ducklings and an ever-patient mom.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Lewis (Good Night, Harry) focuses on the artwork in this story, which is set into motion when the words "It's time for us to go home" send ducklings Henry and Seymour scampering in the opposite direction. Patient work with colored pencil and chalk produces densely textured areas of pondside plant life: leaves look velvety, or long and sharp and stiff, or lettuce-like. Depicted as toys, Seymour and Henry have button eyes, fuzzy topknots, overstuffed yellow bodies and enormous orange feet. The way the two crumple up when they tumble down hills ("Slippy-slidey-bump") or shuffle into tight spaces will delight an audience of children just starting to follow a book-length story. Ages 2-up. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Two surpassingly adorable ducklings swim all day happily with Mommy, but then naughtily run away from her when it is time to go home, choosing instead to hop, wriggle, and scamper on their own. It is mischievous fun to hide and wait for Mommy to come, but it is less fun when the day grows dark and the rain begins to fall. Even though Seymour and Henry have run away from Mommy, Mommy has not run away from them, and they find her waiting where they left her, ready to take them home and tuck them into bed. The story is a quiet one, with minimal suspense and adventure, but Lewis's two little ducks are as cute as ducks ever could be. These are not "real" ducks, but evidently toy ducks, fashioned of soft plush with visible stitching; Mommy Duck is sewn from patchwork fabric, to confirm the toy effect. While it may be a bit of an imaginative stretch for adult readers to visualize plush toys out swimming without getting sodden and soaked, child readers will delight in seeing the "real" life of cherished toys, who are achingly adorable as they hide in a discovered flower pot or doze beneath the sheltering beak of their beloved Mommy. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS

This reassuring yet slight story stars a pair of stuffed-animal ducklings. When their mother tells them that it is time to leave the pond and go home, they run off and play instead, hiding and waiting for her to find them. But when it starts to rain, they return to her, and she takes them to their cozy nest. Done in pencil crayon and chalk pastel, the illustrations are soft-edged and sweet, with chubby, beady-eyed yellow ducklings sporting T-shirts and tufts of white fuzz on the tops of their heads. The action pages are done as a series of smaller vignettes, endowing the pictures with a sense of motion. The scenes with the mother duck are full-bleed spreads, emphasizing her comforting presence. Even the spot art is presented on light blue washes, giving the whole book-from its yellow plaid endpapers (which echo the mother's patterned coloring) to the final page of the brothers tucked into bed-a gentle, inviting feeling. Although the text is a bit longer than might be ideal for the intended audience, the use of sound words such as "pit-a-pat" and "plip-plop" as well as the distinctly toddlerlike sensibility of the ducklings is likely to appeal to younger listeners. A pleasant addition to larger collections.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Kirkus Reviews
A day of play for two brother ducklings. Seymour and Henry plop in the pond with Mommy for a swim. Then, instead of following her home, they decide-"Quack!"-to pit-a-pat away in search of mischief. They play in the tall grass and explore a log, a rock and an overturned flowerpot, in which either can fit snugly. It's only when it starts to rain that the duo decides to race home. Halfway there, they find a waiting Mommy, who lets them ride on her back the rest of the way. Although developmentally just right for toddlers beginning to experiment with independence, Mommy's sanguinity at her ducklings' explorations may seem odd for literal-minded modern grown-ups. The soft focus of Lewis's pencil crayon and chalk pastel illustrations should attract the very young. Her ducks, which resemble stuffed animals (Mommy a multihued yellow check), are inspired, though older and wiser preschoolers may wonder at their apparent waterproof properties. A gentle, appealing adventure. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763642433
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 884,869
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Lewis is the creator of many award-winning picture books, including GOOD NIGHT, HARRY; A PUPPY FOR ANNIE; and FLOSS. She lives with her family in the countryside of northern England

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