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DO LIKE A DUCK DOES! by Judy Hindley


by Judy Hindley & illustrated by Ivan Bates

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7636-1668-0
Publisher: Candlewick

Five little ducklings follow their mother and do what all ducks do, but when a sixth large and very hairy duckling joins the line, Mama Duck must use her ingenuity to root out the imposter. Waddling and hopping along, all the ducklings are trying their best to be model ducks, but suddenly a big, brown fox creeps on the scene. Mama is suspicious, but she decides to put this new “duck” through some tests. The fox does his best to follow Mama’s directions. He walks with a waddle; takes a dip in the mud puddle to cool off; and even eats a worm, but it is clear that a worm is not what he has in mind for a snack as he creeps up on one of the baby ducklings. Mama’s suspicions grow as the fox fails every test. Finally, she commands all the ducklings to hop in the river. “Down go the ducklings, all tails up! And down goes the stranger. Glup! Glup! Glup! / So where are all the ducklings now? Here they all come. Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Every one.” All except the hairy, out-smarted stranger who slinks off towards home. Whimsical watercolor drawings fill each page highlighting the fox’s silly antics. The rhyming text filled with repetitive phrases make this a natural for reading aloud. (Picture book. 3-5)