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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.
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.