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Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck
Contributor(s): Peters, Lisa Westberg (Author), Williams, Sam (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0688161782     ISBN-13: 9780688161781
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
OUR PRICE: $15.29  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2000
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Annotation: Bring on spring, quick, quick, quick! Early in the year a little duck arrives at her pond and finds it still frozen--but not for long. An irresistible story that's also an unrivaled read-aloud featuring enchanting rhyme and repetition and absolutely winsome illustrations of the cold (but brave) little duck. Full color.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Ducks, Geese, Etc.
Dewey: E
LCCN: 99029880
Age Level: 4-8
Grade Level: Preschool-3
Series: Avenues
Physical Information: 0.46" H x 11.34" W x 8.81" (0.84 lbs) 32 pages
Themes:
- Seasonal - Spring
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 40585
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
What's a cold little duck to do when she races the spring thaw to her home pond and wins? She could shiver, slip, slide, and shake--or think lovely, warm thoughts until nature comes through and brings the pond splashing and quacking to life once again. Lisa Westberg Peters and Sam Williams are inspired harbingers of spring in this irresistible story that's also an unrivaled read-aloud featuring enchanting rhyme and repetition and absolutely winsome illustrations of the cold (but brave ) little duck.

Children's Pick of the Lists 2000(ABA)

2001 Notable Children's Books (ALA)


Contributor Bio(s): Williams, Sam: -

Sam Williams has written, illustrated, and produced numerous books for children, including Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck by Lisa Westberg Peters. The artist lives with his wife in Hertfordshire, England.

Peters, Lisa Westberg: -

Lisa Westberg Peters is the author of Sleepyhead Bear; Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck; Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up; and several other books for children. She lives with her family in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Williams, Sam: -

Sam Williams has written, illustrated, and produced numerous books for children, including Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck by Lisa Westberg Peters. The artist lives with his wife in Hertfordshire, England.



Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Fall)
Returning to her frozen pond early in the season, a little duck thinks, thinks, thinks of spring. Before she knows it, her warm thoughts spread spring all over. The poetic text, well served by expressive watercolors, is set in a large black typeface (inviting letter and word recognition); colorful and playful typefaces are used for the rhythmic three-word refrains. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2000 #4)
When a duck returns to her frozen pond too early in the season, a friendly bear tells her to go "back back back." But this forward-thinking little duck, her feet stuck to the ice, thinks, thinks, thinks-of spring, of "wiggly worms and shiny beetles," of pink flowers and "squishy mud." And before she knows it, her warm thoughts are filling the sky, welcoming other ducks, and spreading springtime all over. Peters's poetic text is displayed in a large-sized, heavy, black typeface, which invites letter and word recognition and demands as much listener attention as the cheerful story and illustrations. Contrasting with the bold type of the main text are the colorful and playful typefaces used for the three-word rhythmic refrains that follow the text on each page or double-page spread (e.g., "flock flock flock" is set to mirror an illustration of a V of ducks overhead). Subsequent readings will encourage enthusiastic participation as the repeated words become more familiar. The text is well served by Williams's expressive pencil and watercolor paintings. Quick, deftly sketched lines and subtle shadings of springtime colors suggest the emergent landscape and shifting mood. Williams's little duck, while true to her waterfowl nature, is full of character and toddlerlike exuberance. Story, art, and design work together well, and there's plenty here to engage duck-loving preschoolers preparing to dive into words and reading. k.f. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2000 March #3)
In this visually sumptuous testimony to patience and the power of positive thinking, a brown duckling arrives back at her pond a bit too early for spring. Her feet stick to the frozen water "stuck stuck stuck" and the brisk air makes her "shake shake shake." But when she concentrates hard on all the wonderful things that warm weather will bring "crocuses and applebuds/ And blades of grass in squishy mud" a flock of ducks appears in the sky, with spring right on their webbed heels. With tightly composed vignettes and watercolor spreads, British artist Williams depicts a landscape on the verge of transformation. In the opening pages, his purple skies and expanses of white convey both the physical and spiritual chill of winter; when spring blossoms forth, the pages pulse with heartwarming blues, yellows and greens. Peters's (October Smiled Back) rhythmic text set in huge, elegant type and punctuated on each page by the graphic treatment of a single-syllable evocative verb, acts as just the right introduction to the change of seasons. For example, a spread featuring the text "The ducks flew down, they dipped and splashed" also shows the words "dunk dunk dunk" bobbing in the water, circling a duck with its backside protruding from the pond. All told, a wonderful answer to the perennial question: "Will spring ever get here?" Ages 4-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2000 May)
PreS-K-"One miserable and frozen spring," a cold little duck flies in to find that her pond is frozen over and her feet stick to the ice. A friendly bear cub tells her that she is too early and should go "back back back." She closes her eyes and thinks very hard about spring, and suddenly the ice melts, the rest of the flock arrives, and "The warm little duck dove into spring/Quack-Quack Quack." The book has a very simple rhythmic text with words at the end of each short phrase repeated three times. It begs to be read aloud so that children can chime in on repetition. The soft pencil-and-watercolor illustrations in lovely pastels evoke the chill of winter and the warmth of spring, creating a beautiful book for sharing with toddlers. Combined with Denise Fleming's In the Small, Small Pond (Holt, 1993) and perhaps Lydia Dabcovich's Sleepy Bear (Dutton, 1985), this title would make a perfect program on seasonal transitions.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
 
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