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Swim, Duck, Swim!
     

Swim, Duck, Swim!

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by Murray Head
 

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It's time for Duckling to jump in the water and do what ducks do—swim! But he doesn't want to get wet. He'd rather take a nap. And he's really, really mad that everyone keeps telling him what to do!

Luckily, Mama and Papa Duck are very, very patient, and soon, Duckling will join his siblings in the pond. Here is a charming story, illustrated with exquisite,

Overview

It's time for Duckling to jump in the water and do what ducks do—swim! But he doesn't want to get wet. He'd rather take a nap. And he's really, really mad that everyone keeps telling him what to do!

Luckily, Mama and Papa Duck are very, very patient, and soon, Duckling will join his siblings in the pond. Here is a charming story, illustrated with exquisite, up-close photos, that will help young readers learn to swim—or try anything new.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
In this jaunty read-aloud, a duckling isn’t keen on the idea of learning to swim. Head offers crisp, full-bleed photographs that show the tiny duck waddling along a dock, while Lurie playfully imagines it refusing to heed its parents’ gentle urging to hop in: “Sorry, but I cannot stay. I won’t swim. You forget./ I told you once. I told you twice. I don’t like to get wet.” Water-shy readers will identify with the duckling’s quandary, but also, perhaps, with the success it finds after diving in with a splash: “I’m in the pond! Look at me!/ Hooray! I’m not afraid.” Ages 3–7. (May)
From the Publisher

“A little duck does not want to swim . . . The message about trying something new is pretty straightforward, and readers will understand quickly that this is just what the little duck should do.” —Booklist

“Sure to delight any animal lover or reluctant child needing the confidence to try something new . . . A winner for group or one-on-one sharing.” —School Library Journal

“Standing in for any reluctant preschooler faced with a new experience, a duckling goes through stages of irritation at parental urging and then nervousness before finally taking a first plunge…. A childhood triumph portrayed just right. Both the archetypal challenge and the creative collaboration go swimmingly.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Water-shy readers will identify with the duckling's quandary, but also, perhaps, with the success it finds after diving in with a splash.” —Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Alison Johansen
Is your child fearful of the water or just beginning to swim? Baby duckling is very adamant that he does not want to swim. He does not even want to get wet! What? A duck who does not want to get wet or swim? Baby duck sits there with his mama and papa, gazing out at the water and watching the other ducklings glide along. He is steadfast in the fact that he does not want to learn how to swim. Head’s photographs of the baby duck are not only adorable, but they will make kids laugh out loud as he opens his beak and makes a crazy face at the camera that dares anyone to try to make him jump in that water. Lurie shows the baby duckling’s various endearing stages of denying his parents’ requests, hiding under his mama, walking away and puffing out his feathers to display his defiance. Head’s adorable photographs of the baby duckling are the perfect complement to Lurie’s catchy and fun rhymes. Baby duckling shows children all of the thoughts and fears that go through his mind as he brings himself to contemplate swimming. And then, voila! He is finally brave and jumps in with his duckling friends. His friends celebrate with him by making a duck parade! What fun! There is an author’s note and a photographer’s note in the beginning. The final photo of the baby duckling shows a happy, confident little guy swimming around—great inspiration for our children who are going through these feelings! Reviewer: Alison Johansen; Ages 3 up.
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—A fearful duckling refuses learn to swim. "I told you once. I told you twice. I don't like to get wet." His parents exhibit patience and understanding, and, finally, with his siblings' encouragement, he takes the plunge. The stunning photos of the duck family on each page are delightful, particularly the full-page shots of the determined protagonist. Children will breathe a sigh of relief when he finally does what a duck does and takes pride in his accomplishment: "I can swim!" The colorful spreads, with one sentence per page, make this a winner for group and one-on-one sharing as well as for beginning readers. Sure to delight any animal lover or reluctant child needing the confidence to try something new.—Susan Mcclellan, Coraopolis Memorial Library, PA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-03
Standing in for any reluctant preschooler faced with a new experience, a duckling goes through stages of irritation at parental urging and then nervousness before finally taking a first plunge. Duckling has no trouble with self-expression: "I told you once. I told you twice. / I don't like to get wet." His feelings are reflected with astonishing veracity in Head's (Frisky Brisky Hippety Hop, 2012) sunlit, close-up color photos. Taken in New York City's Central Park, the full-bleed pond-side scenes mostly feature a pair of adult mallards attending to a fuzzy hatchling who really looks angry, stubborn, pensive, apprehensive and, at last, gleeful thanks to an artful eye and clever angles of view. Lurie's rhymed monologue reads with a natural rather than singsong cadence and is set out on each spread in a few lines or partial lines that match the accompanying picture wonderfully well. "I'm in the pond! Look at me! / Hooray! I'm not afraid!" A childhood triumph portrayed just right. Both the archetypal challenge and the creative collaboration go swimmingly. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250046420
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
05/20/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
958,314
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Lurie is a children's book editor and author. Her most recent children's book, Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop, was published in 2012 by Holiday House. Susan lives in Forest Hills, New York, with her husband and their pet fish, Pickle.

Murray Head is an award-winning photographer whose true passion is capturing images from nature. The photos in Swim, Duck, Swim! were all taken in Central Park. He is a lifelong resident of New York City.

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