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One Duck Stuck

One Duck Stuck


Item # 502193
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Recommended Grade(s): PreK
Web Price $5.99


This colorful counting book tells the tale of a poor duck that has one foot "stuck in the muck." In quick succession, groups of different animals try to set the victim free-two fish, three moose, four crickets, etc. None of the creatures is successful until they all work together and the beleaguered bird is finally able to fly away. Bold, playful, gouache paintings featuring bright rich colors show the bird's plight. The duck's frustration, surprise, and ultimate delight are evident in the expressive artwork. Unfortunately, the repetitive narrative is not as effective. The sentences are long and the rhyme is sometimes forced ("Nine snakes / leaving little wakes / slither to the duck. / Slink, slink"). Still, a skilled reader may be able to transform this into a rollicking read-aloud and the illustrations will carry well in a group setting. Children will be eager to repeat the chant, "Help! Help! Who can help?"


  • Type: Books
  • ISBN/UPC 9780763615666
  • Author: Phyllis Root and Jane Chapman
  • Format: Softcover


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