Thump and Plunk (My First I Can Read Series)

Thump and Plunk (My First I Can Read Series)

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by Janice May Udry, Geoffrey Hayes

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Thump! Plunk!

First Thump thumps Plunk. Then Plunk plunks Thump. So Thump thumps Plunk back. Will Thump and Plunk ever stop thumping and plunking each other?


Thump! Plunk!

First Thump thumps Plunk. Then Plunk plunks Thump. So Thump thumps Plunk back. Will Thump and Plunk ever stop thumping and plunking each other?

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Children's Literature
Two ducklings, Thump and Plunk, each have a stuffed green frog, whose names are Thumpit and Plunkit. When "Plunk plunks Thump's Thumpit" the two siblings end up thumping and plunking one another until their mother puts an end to their squabble. Early readers will probably relate to the ducklings' fight, but may find the wordplay confusing. Originally published in 1981, the reissue has somewhat fuzzy watercolor and pen illustrations of the oh-so-expressive ducklings, who are further anthropomorphized by a blue cap/purple top and pink bonnet/pink dress. 2000 (orig. 1981), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, $12.95, $12.89 and $3.95. Ages 4 to 6. Reviewer: Cherri Jones
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-A tongue-twisting look at two duckling siblings and their frog dolls Thumpit and Plunkit. "Thump and Plunk sit still and look at their toes. Then Plunk plunks Thump's Thumpit." The aggression escalates until bespectacled mother duck steps in to break up the fight and instructs Plunk, "-you may plunk Plunkit but do not plunk Thumpit. And do not plunk Thump. Ever." The story ends as mother says, "Now let's all go for a nice swim." Youngsters developing visual systems to scan may be thrown off course by the long, unusual dolls' names. The added challenge of tongue twisting provides yet another obstacle for beginning readers to overcome. While the story line is predictable, the action is difficult to track by character and sort into meaning. This title may work better as a read-aloud than as a read-alone. Lively watercolor cartoons illuminate the pages with bright, golden colors and cheerful scenes. The delightful images effectively bring the story to life.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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My First I Can Read Series
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.08(d)
210L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Mrs. Udry's first book, A Tree Is Nice, illustrated by Marc Simont, won the 1957 Caldecott Award for the most distinguished American picture book. Mrs. Udry is also the author of Glenda, Let's Be Enemies (also illustrated by Maurice Sendak), Mary Ann's Mud Day, The Mean Mouse and Other Mean Stories, and Thump and Plunk.

Geoffrey Hayes's many popular books for children include the My First I Can Read Book Thump and Plunk, Bear by Himself, The Patrick Bear Books, and many beginning reader adventure; about Uncle Tooth and Otto. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Thump and Plunk (My First I Can Read Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Letisha-Michelle More than 1 year ago
I bought a copy of this book for me and for my sister because we grew up reading it and loved it. It wasn't until I received it in the mail that I remembered that the characters in the book when we read it as children were rabbits, not ducks. This took away from some of the nostalgia, but oh well - the story is still the same and the illustrations in this book are still great :)