Papa Duck and his five little ducklings go out to play on Monday, marching "through the woods and far away," until one goes missing. Tuesday through Friday additional ducklings disappear, despite Papa's persistent quacking for their return. Luckily, on Saturday they all return safe and sound. On Sunday all are ready to go again, until Mama Duck insists that everyone take a day to rest. Fleming's version of this familiar finger play features her signature pulp-painting artwork, hued predominantly in blues and greens that contrast nicely with the mallards' brown bodies. The illustrations become an alternate narrative of sorts, detailing the other creatures the birds encounter, and suggesting the sources of the fledglings' distractions. A final spread offers additional information about mallards and the other key characters (frogs, flying squirrels, wild turkeys, box turtles, pigs, and a young child) and identifies the other depicted animals. This is a natural fit for toddler story hours or one-on-one sharing; the inclusion of a male primary caregiver is an added bonus. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Fleming (Maggie and Michael Get Dressed) infuses a well-loved nursery song with the vivid hues of her signature pulp-painting illustrations in this joyful interpretation. The five tiny members of a mallard family waddle away from Papa Duck on Monday, headed "through the woods and far away," but only four return when Papa calls them home with a "Quack, quack, quack!" The pattern repeats as the week rolls on, and also through a series of outdoor scenes—"past the paddock," "across the fields," and "down the road"—giving a strong sense of the ducks' rural environs. By Saturday, the family is reunited, and on Sunday everyone follows Mama Duck's advice: "Today is the day we all rest!" In addition to incorporating the days of the week into this adaptation, Fleming introduces farm and woodland animals (flying squirrels, wild turkeys, pigs, and more), further expanding the ducks' world and readers' experience. A closing section identifies these animals, as well as a girl named Anna, who splashes around with one duck in her wading pool on Friday. A fresh rendition of a favorite. Up to age 8. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLCReview by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 1—This stunning version of the familiar children's song features a quacking father duck and ducklings who travel not just "over the hill" but "through the woods," "past the paddock," "across the fields," and "down the road" on successive days of the week. By Saturday all are gone until they heed sad Papa Duck's final "quack, quack, quack!" and come running home. On Sunday, Mama Duck suggests that the family rest. Fleming's signature pulp paper paintings bleed to the edges of every spread, providing vibrant textured backdrops for the ducks' adventures. In a brilliant use of color to represent various environments and temperatures, her speckled skies change from the cool blues of the pond to deep forest green to bright blue and then the yellow of a sun-hot day on the farm. Several creatures, including a less familiar flying squirrel, share scenes with the ducks, and some appear repeatedly. A huge, multicolored turkey spills over two pages, as do a group of pigs contentedly wallowing in mud. Papa Duck's wings are outstretched to welcome his little wanderers just back from their final encounter—charming young Anna in her wading pool. VERDICT Large, repetitive text that invites participation; the opportunity to learn the days of the week; and interesting back matter that contains brief information about the ducks and other animals in the book make this a great storytime choice for all libraries.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.
Five fuzzy ducklings, attended by Papa Duck as well as Mama, present a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme emphasizing numbers and days of the week. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of In the Small, Small Pond. Simultaneous eBook.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Each day, Papa Duck goes out with his ducklings but on Monday only four come back, on Tuesday only three, but on Saturday all return when he calls and on Sunday, they stay home and rest.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Make way for another perfect preschool picture book by Caldecott Honor recipient Denise Fleming!Featuring a flock of oh-so-adorable fuzzy ducklings, this delightfully fresh take on the classic Five Little Ducks nursery rhyme emphasizes numbers and the days of the week'and these lucky ducklings are doted on by a loving Papa Duck as well as the traditional Mama. Young readers won't be able to resist counting'and quacking'along!Review by Publisher Summary 4
Make way for another perfect preschool picture book by Caldecott Honor recipient Denise Fleming!Featuring a flock of oh-so-adorable fuzzy ducklings, this delightfully fresh take on the classic Five Little Ducks nursery rhyme emphasizes numbers and the days of the week—and these lucky ducklings are doted on by a loving Papa Duck as well as the traditional Mama. Young readers won’t be able to resist counting—and quacking—along!