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Friday, January 30, 2015

One Duck Stuck

Usually I review new and newish books. But today I'm reaching deep into the WayBack basket for an old favorite that I haven't found on Susanna's list of Perfect Picture Books.

One Duck Stuck
by Phyllis Root; illus. by Jane Chapman
40 pages; ages 2-5
Candlewick Press, 1998

theme: working together; helping others

opening lines: Down by the marsh, by the sleepy, slimy marsh, one duck gets stuck in the muck, down by the deep green marsh. Help! Help! Who can help?

Different animals show up to help: two fish, three moose..... all the way up to ten dragonflies. Each group tries and tries to pull the duck out, but the duck stays stuck! Until they decide to work together. Which is my favorite spread in the book:

What I like love about this book: the creative language. Fish splish, moose clomp. Every creature has a word which may (or may not) be in the dictionary. And after tugging and pulling and pushing, the duck stays stuck in the swampy, chompy marsh. Or the pricky, sticky marsh.... each page brings new descriptions for the marsh. I also like that once the duck is rescued, he says "Thanks!" before flying off.

Beyond the book: This book features such wonderful language, so why not play with words? Go on a Verb hunt. Verbs are "action words", and Phyllis Root finds - or makes up - the perfect words to show how each animal moves in the marsh. Write down words that show how animals in your neighborhood move about. If you can't find the right word in a dictionary or thesaurus, make one up! Phyllis did.

Visit a park or marsh or some other place, and sit for awhile. Observe what's there, how it sounds, smells, feels. Then come up with a list of words to describe the place. In the book, the marsh is described as swampy, croaky, sticky.... What words can you find - or make up - to describe your place?

Pick up a pencil and draw. Jane Chapman has fun drawing all the creatures that come to help duck. So when you're out at your marsh (or park or pond) - draw some of the creatures you see. They don't have to look perfect - or even real. And if you want some tips on drawing - or painting- critters, check out Jane's activity page at her website.

Today is PPBF (perfect picture book Friday) over at  Susanna Leonard Hill's site. She keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture BooksReview copy from my local library.

10 comments:

  1. I love Jane Chapman's illustrations but have never read this book. The title is already a giveaway of the lovely word choice in the text!

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  2. I love the language and iknow kids will love the new words. Great story about teamwork. Great artwork.

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  3. Oooh! Such bright colors. I bet my son would love this book.

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  4. This makes me think of a nice walk in the warm spring. Looks perfect for little ones.

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  5. Gotta love the language! Anytime an author can make up a word that suits the text and illustrations perfectly, I'm all for it! Great TBF (that would be "throw back Friday." :D

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  6. A lucky, plucky, ducky tale!! I've never seen this book and it looks like a winning wonder!! Thanks so much for sharing it!!

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  7. Looks like a SUPER fun one, Sue! The language is absolutely delicious, I think. Thanks for this wonderful recommendation!

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  8. Why, we just read this book today! We quote this book often, "Help! Help! Who can help?" What a fun book!

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  9. This is a bright fun story. Kids will love reading this one aloud.

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  10. I love this story. I remember borrowing it from the library when my children were small.

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