DIMITY DUCK by Jane Yolen


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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A minor tome from a major author recounts a day of play between duck and frog. In this simple story, perhaps the most imaginative bit is the naming of the characters, pretty little Dimity Duck, named after an old-fashioned fabric, and googly-eyed Frumity Frog, named after a Yuletide dessert of grains and spices. Dimity rises from her cottage in the morning (it looks like it rests on a lily pad) and goes to the pond in search of breakfast and her friend Frumity. She eats, they play, it grows late and she heads back home to tuck herself in and go to bed. The rhyme does occasionally go thunk, and the language slips a bit into the cutesy: “Dimity Duck waddles / she toddles / and she sings. / Giggle-gaggle / goes her / tail / and whoosh! / go her / wings.” A lot of play with type goes on as the text mimics the action, dipping, jumping and toddling. Braun, with his gumdrop colors, creates a sweet fluffy duckling and a silly funny frog, as well as flowers, insects, pondscape and ribbons galore. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-399-24632-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2006


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