Ready or Not, Dawdle Duckling
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Ready or Not, Dawdle
About the Book: In every family there is one dreamer, the one who swims to the sound of his own drummer. Dawdle is that duckling, always looking for fun, excitement, something new, whether within his imagination or outside in the wide world. But will he get more than he's bargained for?
On the beach
with the sand castles sparkling,
one Mama Duck plays hide-and-seek.
One, two, three
But the fourth little duckling
finds a friend.
"Hurry, Dawdle Duckling,
hide behind me."
"Quack! Quack! Quack!
says Mama Duck.
"Ready or not, here I come."
wiggles his feathery tail.
Now, quack, quack, Mama can't find me."
But Mama spots Dawdle's tail.
"Ollie, ollie, in free!"
One, two, three.
are adorably outfitted in their top hats with
different colored hat
they begin to play a favorite game of
hide-and-seek. The first three
are always able to hide successfully from their
mother, while Dawdle
hind behind different friends he meets who do
not quite cover him up.
mother discovers his tail behind a turtle, his
wings behind a frog and
behind a fish which all give him away. Finally,
Dawdle’s new friends
team up to
help Dawdle reach success in the game. The
repetitive text of the game
have children predicting what mother duck is
going to say. The concept
teamwork and friendship is clear message for
preschoolers who will be
to this picture book. The bright and cheerful
pastel colors and
lovable characters will have young readers
wanting to read the
Duckling book.” ~Melissa A. Caudill, Children's
Comprehensive Database (reprinted
in full with
"This book, like Dawdle Duckling (Dial, 2003), sports inviting pastels and a vigorous text in an easy-to-read font. Its ingenuous plot doesn't meander--although its main character does." School Library Journal
"The intense, sunny pastels match the atmosphere of a jolly day at the beach (complete with the duck family in straw boaters); they also fit Dawdle's bright, goofy, imperturbable spirit." Booklist 03-10-05
". . . toddlers will identify with this friendly duckling who does things his own way." Kirkus 01-01-05
"A great tale of friendship and cooperation." Boston Herald 03-06-05
"Children will enjoy spotting Dawdle's feet, wings or tail in the illustrations and thinking about where they might hide if they were part of the game." Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette 04-03-05
story is very
readable and clear, which is helpful in
understanding the plot for this
level. It also contains counting which will help
younger children and
their interest as well.”
The Reading Tub
"To a toddler, the funniest thing in a book is when a character makes a mistake. Toddlers, who are constantly testing and learning the boundaries of what is right and wrong, will find a hero in Dawdle Duckling." Kirsten Cappy. Mainely Kids
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