Duck tents

Lynne Berry

Book - 2009

While on a camping trip, five little ducks pitch tents, go fishing, toast marshmallows around a campfire, and face frightening night noises.

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Stories in rhyme
Picture books
New York : Henry Holt and Co 2009.
1st ed
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 21 x 27 cm
Main Author
Lynne Berry (-)
Other Authors
Hiroe Nakata (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

"The five little ducks from Duck Skates (2005) and Duck Dunks (2008) pitch tents for a backyard camping trip. They go fishing together and toast marshmallows over a campfire as night falls. Startled by the hooting of an owl, the ducklings dive into their individual tents and zip them shut, but they soon decide that there s safety in numbers. A plot summary can t convey this picture book s charm, which lies in its cheerfully bouncing rhymed couplets and expressive ink-and-watercolor artwork. Both writer and illustrator understand young children s thrill at being scared, but not too scared, before the story s satisfying ending."

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

With pitch-perfect rhymes that trip merrily along each page and airy, clever watercolors, this companion to Berry and Nakata's Duck Skates and Duck Dunks is infectious. Five ducks bravely go camping in their "small backyard," setting up duck tents, going fishing ("The pole goes zoom. The fish leaps high./ 'We lost the big one!' five ducks cry") and toasting marshmallows ("Outside crispy, inside sticky,/ Chewy, gooey, finger-licky"). The climax comes when the ducks are frightened into their tents after hearing a "whoo-whoo-whoooooo" after night falls. Dressed in overalls and straw hats, Nakata's ducks—with their thumbprint-shaped bodies and stick feet—are remarkably expressive. In a standout nocturnal spread, only the ducks' beaks and eyes, clearly registering worried anticipation, are visible against their midnight blue tents, as they "can't help but hear/ Sounds of the nighttime, loud and clear." In the reassuring denouement, a page turn away, the ducks pile into a tent together—just right for keeping nighttime noises at bay. Readers will be left with a taste for some outdoor adventures of their own. Ages 3–5. (May) [Page 48]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-K—That rollicking and adorable quintet of ducks is back in a new seasonal adventure—camping. All of the excitement of living out of doors—pitching tents, fishing, toasting marshmallows—and some of its apprehensions—frightening night noises—are conveyed in bouncy, rhyming text paired with bright, cheerful watercolor illustrations. Young children will delight in the ducks' adventures and mishaps while following the antics of one tag-along squirrel from page to page and absorbing subtle counting and color lessons. Stylish jacket design visually connects this title to its predecessors, Duck Skates (2005) and Duck Dunks (2008, both Holt). Pitch-perfect, it will leave children and adults looking forward to more escapades from these endearing ducks.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT [Page 101]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

While on a camping trip, five little ducks pitch tents, go fishing, toast marshmallows around a campfire, and face frightening night noises.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After pitching their tent, setting up camp, and rolling out their beds, the five little ducks sit around the fire, cook marshmallows, and enjoy a beautiful night in the great outdoors underneath the twinkling stars.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In a small backyard, by a squat stone fence, five little ducks pitch five duck tents. The five little ducks are going camping! They can't wait for a day of fun at the fishing hole. In the evening they sit around the campfire and toast marshmallows. But just as they're about to snuggle up tight and drift off to sleep, they hear a scary noise. Whooo can it be?