SPLISH, SPLASH, DUCKY! by Lucy Cousins


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Age Range: 2 - 4
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Ducky Duckling finds all the activities it can do in the rain make it happy.

In her signature style of cheery, vibrantly colored illustrations outlined in black, Cousins introduces a new character to her repertoire in the form of bright yellow Ducky Duckling. Readers soon find out that when Ducky Duckling feels happy it says (in bold, display type), “Quack, quack, quack!” And that is exactly what the happy little duckling says at the end of every double-page spread. “Oh, goody, hooray! / It’s raining today. / I’m going to find / my friends to play. / Quack, quack, quack!” In rhyming text accompanied by eye-catching illustrations, readers will find Ducky hopping with a frog, squirming with a worm, hugging a bug and a slug, playing with swans, shaking feathers in the rainy weather, and otherwise just having fun in the rain. Readers will observe what Ducky does not: that the raindrops decrease in number spread by spread. Then: “Oh, no! / The rain has stopped. / No more drips. / No more drops.” As Ducky feels sad and goes in search of Dad, the mallard male encourages Ducky to follow the lead of the butterflies and have fun “We’ll quack together / whatever the weather. / Hop on my back and… / QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!

A sweet addition to the toddler bookshelf. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Feb. 13th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9844-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2017


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