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Little Quack, Lauren Thompson ; pictures by Derek Anderson

Label
Little Quack
Title
Little Quack
Statement of responsibility
Lauren Thompson ; pictures by Derek Anderson
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
One by one, four ducklings find the courage to jump into the pond and paddle with Mama Duck, until only Little Quack is left in the nest, trying to be brave
Member of
Review
  • PreS-K. Here’s a familiar story kicked up a notch by a counting element and irresistible art. The story is reassuring and utterly straightforward. A mother duck encourages her five ducklings to leave the nest and take a swim. Each baby, in turn, exhibits the jitters, with the smallest, Little Quack, the most reluctant to take the plunge. The charm is in Anderson’s comical, eye-commanding acrylics. Each duckling looks different in some way--one has a flower on its head, another has downy head feathers that stick straight up. Little Quack is, of course, the most endearing of all. Each duck’s entry into the water is registered on a “Quack-U-Lator,” running along the bottom of the spread, which gives youngsters a bit of very basic addition practice: one duck + one duck + one duck + one duck + one duck = 5, “five ducklings in the pond.” (Reviewed February 1, 2003) -- Connie Fletcher
  • PreS-Gr 2 –This delightfully simple story is sure to become a storytime favorite. Imagine Mama Duck's surprise when her five ducklings are more than a little reluctant to leave their cozy nest for the big pond. One by one, though, she manages to coax them into the water–first Widdle, next Waddle, then Piddle, and Puddle, but Little Quack can't be budged. Eventually, after some convincing from his mother and his siblings, he dives in and–guess what–he loves it! Whether counting up or counting down, this early introduction to math provides a painless lesson, and the "quack-u-lator" across the bottom of the pages that "adds" ducklings to the pond makes it even more fun. Anderson's colorful paintings complete the package. Each duckling has its own personality and its own "feather do," too. Young readers and budding mathematicians are sure to enjoy a sense of accomplishment along with these ducklings. Little Quack may also have some bibliotherapeutic applications during swim-lesson season. Team up this charmer with Jane Simmons's "Daisy" stories (Little, Brown) and Amy Hest's "Baby Duck" (Candlewick) for a ducky time.–Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Chester County Library, Exton, PA --Jeanne Clancy Watkins (Reviewed June 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 6, p120)
  • Debut artist Anderson's portrait of a quintet of plucky ducklings and their enticing pond habitat make this familiar tale memorable. Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle and Little Quack are perfectly content to remain in the nest and view the pond from afar. But Mama Duck will not give up until they take their first swim. "Come little ducklings," she says. "Paddle on the water with me." Anderson paints the pond surface as a velvety quiltwork of violets and shimmery sky blues. A clunky "Quack-U-Lator"—a purple box that runs along the bottom of every spread—keeps track of the ducks entering the water (e.g., when Widdle and Waddle are swimming, the Quack-U-Lator shows two duck icons on the left, joined by the plus sign, and the numeral 2 follows an equals sign; opposite, in capital letters, reads, "Two ducklings in the pond"). With a judicious use of repetition and an ear for both Mama's mellifluous pleadings and the squawkings of her recalcitrant crew, Thompson's (Mouse's First Christmas ) text trips off the tongue. But it's Anderson's depiction of the adorable ducklings, working up their courage to join their fuzzy siblings ("You can do it,... I know you can," cheers Mama) that will keep toddlers coming back. The cocky look of the ducklings already floating, and the expression of lone Little Quack as he tentatively dips a tip of his webbed foot in the water, will make this a nursery favorite. Ages 2-6. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed November 11, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 45, p62)
  • The odyssey of ducklings venturing forth from their comfortable nests into the big world resonates with children and has been a well-traveled subject of many works geared toward young readers. Thompson's (Mouse's First Valentine, 2002, etc.) latest effort will certainly appeal to youngsters despite its lack of originality. Mama Duck is coaxing her five hesitant ducklings (Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle, and Little Quack) into the water one at a time. A "quack-u-lator" at the bottom of the pages adds an interesting mathematical element, helping children count along as ducklings jump into the pond. Mama encourages each nervous duckling to "paddle on the water with me . . . you can do it . . . I know you can." Overcoming their initial fright, the first four ducklings "splish, splash, sploosh, and splosh" happily into the water. The simple tale's climax occurs when Little Quack wavers at the water's edge. "Could he do it? Did he dare?" Not to spoil the ending, but suffice it to say all five ducklings swim off "proud as can be." In his debut effort, Anderson's bright and colorful illustrations are lively and captivating. The five adorable ducklings embark on this rite of passage sporting unique looks ranging from Mohawk-type head feathers to orange spots and flowered hair adornments. A pleasant enough take on an old standby. (Picture book. 2-5) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
118955
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thompson, Lauren
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.T37163
LC item number
Li 2003
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Anderson, Derek
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Little Quack books
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ducks
  • Animals
  • Courage
  • Ducks
  • Animals
  • Courage
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Animals
  • Courage
  • Ducks
  • Animals
  • Courage
  • Ducks
  • Ducks
  • Animal babies
  • Courage
Target audience
preschool
Label
Little Quack, Lauren Thompson ; pictures by Derek Anderson
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780689847233
Lccn
2002005567
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)49680069
Label
Little Quack, Lauren Thompson ; pictures by Derek Anderson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780689847233
Lccn
2002005567
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)49680069

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