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Author: Toni Buzzeo

Illustrator: Margaret Spengler

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Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, �2004

Material: hard cover

Summary: Dawdle Duckling is always trailing behind Mama Duck and his siblings. He has fun, but watch out for what lies ahead! This is the first in a series of Dawdle books that recount the fun (and dangers) of going off on one's own.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 3-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler was enthralled by the bright colorful illustrations. The repetition and predictability in the language had him/her repeating the story in no time.

Adult Reader Reaction: The book made this parent want to sit down and paint because the illustrations were so bright and eye catching. The story is cute and very timely for preschoolers who like to dawdle!

Pros: This book will grow with preschooler as s/he learns to read because the predictability of the language encourages recognition of words by repetition.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! The illustrations are so bright a beautiful, they'll cheer you up on a rainy or sad day � even if you just flip through to see the pictures.


Educational Themes: This book subtly demonstrates the need to mind our elders. It will also encourage reading through repetition and memorization.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2005

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