Thursday, April 27, 2017

Five Little Ducks by Denise Fleming- OPTIONAL

Fleming, Denise. Five Little Ducks, PICTURE BOOK. Beach Lane Books, 2016. $17.99. This is the familiar story of the curious ducks who go out on their own to explore the world. When Papa duck calls them all back, but they all want to go back out again on Sunday, Mama duck “knows best” and keeps them all home to rest. While I was enjoying the use of a papa duck in this version, it just flips it around at the end and makes into one more “dad is a moron” book by stating that mom knows best and keeps the ducks home. I’m not taking this too seriously, I was just disappointed. The pictures are made with a pulp painting technique which made me feel concerned that they would not be very engaging, but the illustrator does a good job of creating variety in the places the ducklings visit. PRE-K, EL (K-3)- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by Shay, School Librarian

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