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Author: Lauren Thompson

Illustrator: Derek Anderson

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Publisher: Little Simon, Simon and Shuster Children Publishing ½2003

Material: board book

Summary: Mama Duck wants her ducklings to jump into the water with her. The last duck is a little cautious but jumps in anyway and is very proud. Take this book (and an inflatable duck that comes with it ) in the tub.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Read with 1-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My son likes the soft cover and inflatable duck that come with book. He squealed at the sounds the ducks made as they jump into the river with their mother. After we read it, my son brought it to me later to read again.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a quick, cute story. The pictures are very colorful and kept his attention. It also gave me a chance to make some silly sounds for him to try to copy. I wasn't sure how he would react so I was pleasantly surprised when he started trying to copy my sounds and point to the ducks making the sounds.

Pros: This is a fun, fast story with great colorful illustrations.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. If you have children under three you should get this. It would make a great baby shower gift. We own this book and both of my children loved it!

If You Liked This Book, Try: LITTLE QUACK   ERNEST and ELSTON (Ernest Series)   THAT'S NOT MY DINOSAUR ... (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books)

Educational Themes: This is a story that gives kids a chance to be the ducklings. They learn about overcoming fear, and kids can help them (and themselves). It helps them understand that even if something seems scary, after the first time, they might like it.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, math, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008

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