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Author: Lauren Thompson

Illustrator: Derek Anderson

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It's time for Little Quack and his siblings to leave the nest. One-by-one each must find the courage to follow Mama as she leads her ducklings on a swim in the pond. This is a great book for sharing encouragement, camaraderie, and success.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, learning to read, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Started reading with child at 22 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: It took a couple reads for her to get into the book, but it wasn't long before s/he was providing the sound effects for splashing. It's not wildly popular.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is cute, but the names of Little Quack's 4 siblings verge on a tongue twister. The "Quack-u-lator" at the bottom detracts from the book's rhythm.

Pros: This has cute illustrations and a great story. Each of the ducklings gathers their courage and expresses their success in a way that doesn't get tedious.

Cons: The duckling names are annoying, and the reading can get tedious with the repeat requests from Mama.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow it if you need some help overcoming timidity. Skip it otherwise. It's pricey for the content.

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Educational Themes: The story is valuable on several levels. If you have a timid youngster, it's great for 'empathy' and trying to encourage new things. Counting the ducklings as they stay in or leave the nest allows for addition and subtraction practice.

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

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2003

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