Do Like a Duck Does….

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We are big readers in our household. Well big readers of children’s books anyway. Who has time to read grown up books anymore when there are two kids, work, twitter, blogs, facebook, dinner, baths, etc?!

And since we have oodles of books, I thought I would share with you every now and then some of our favorites. Books aren’t cheap and I am disappointed when I buy one that isn’t a great one. And since there are so many out there and we can’t possibly buy (or even know about all the good ones) I always appreciate hearing your recommendations too.

We bought the following book from Sunbrook’s book fair last fall and have read it about a gazillion times since. We all have it memorized and Ryan chimes in with all the bolded words throughout the story.

Do Like a Duck Does! by Judy Hindley

From Publishers Weekly: A hungry fox tries to convince a duck family that he’s just a “big, brown” version of one of them: ” `Yes I am!’ says the stranger./ It’s really, really true!/ I can waddle, I can scuttle./ I can strut a little, too./ I’m a duck!/ I’m a duck!/ I’m a duck like you!” But Mama Duck exposes his ruse by putting the fox through his duck paces, making him wallow in a mud puddle, eat bugs and swim underwater. “I really always knew that was no duck,” says Mama triumphantly, as the sopping, half-drowned fox finally slinks away. Hindley’s (A Song of Colors) tight, percussive rhymes give the story a drumbeat momentum as the climax nears. Bates’s (Just You and Me) watercolors possess a sunlit, translucent grace, yet he still reaps plenty of comedy from his characterizations whether it’s Mama Duck’s narrowed-eyed maternal skepticism or the fox’s woeful look as he plunges into the drink. Other details, such as the fox’s snout peeking out from the flower pots or piglets romping in the mud with the ducklings, keep the setting cheerful and familiar, and undercut the villain’s menace. Ages 3-5. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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