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Author: Kathleen Bullock

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Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Three ducks, three rats, three ducks, three dogs, three cats and two pigs set out for a walk, but must flee home when it starts to rain. When they get there, the animals realize ducks are missing, so they all go out in the rain to search for them. This is a rhyming book with a moral to the story.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with child 32 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: Toddler enjoyed the warm illustrations and counting the animals. S/he was distressed when the ducks didn't return home, and got into the search for them.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a lovely book for a rainy day.

Pros: There were unexpected counting opportunities and a discussion of how the ducks should have stayed with their family.

Cons: It seemed to be at mature subject for a preschooler to understand: that their actions had negative consequences for others.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book for a rainy day…or a rainy week.


Educational Themes: This book has a strong moral message about consequences, and on a deeper level, the illustrations provide opportunities for showing that people (and animals) are different.

Notes: This book is out of print, but used copies are available at and

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, life lessons, picture book, math, counting, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2004, July 2006

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