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Cold Little Duck,Duck,Duck (PB) [Paperback]

Lisa Westburg Peters
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8 Mar 2002
Dive into spring with this gorgeous little duckling who just wants winter to end.

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  • Paperback: 9999 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition edition (8 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333960556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333960554
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 21 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,191,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...airy illustrations depict the little duck's frustration at the ice-covered pond... toddlers will soon get the hang of the clever patterns of refrains. -- The Scotsman 30/03/02

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Is it spring yet? One little duck thinks so, but the pond is still covered in ice. Poor, cold little duck, duck, duck! Can she make spring come by wishing?

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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book! 18 Dec 2007
Format:Board book
This is a lovely book with really beautiful illustrations. I used to read it to my daughter when she was tiny, and couldn't bear to part with it when she got a bit old for the text. My daughter is now learning to read, and the book has come into its own again, as the simplicity and the repetition of the words means it's fun and rewarding for her to read herself. I never get bored with it how ever many times I read/hear it, either; and that's saying something!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your children will love this fun little story 19 April 2000
By "bksellr77" - Published on
This book tells of a little duck who ventures out before springhas fully arrived and finds that it's a cold, cold world. Eventually,spring breaks, and the little duck goes on her merry way. This storyhas many accompanying motions that your children can act out as you read the story. Also, the words are very large and in bold print, making it easy for young children to read it. A great addition to your child's library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Board Book Charmer -- Best in our library 25 May 2005
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Format:Library Binding
I suddenly find myself with a growing collection of board books, thanks to my one-year-old. Boynton titles galore, the well-recommended "standards." But we received this little gem as a gift from Gramma, who lives in New Zealand and sent it across the Pacific as a Christmas gift. Not only does it hold my daughter's attention extremely well -- both verse and pictures -- but I find it to be among the more enchanting, original stories in our library. Not only would I recommend it to parents who are reading board books to their own kids, but it's a great option for a gift-giver if you're looking for a title that your young recipient isn't likely to have already.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a winner! 6 Aug 2005
By calico kahlia - Published on
I'm a speech pathologist who does home based early intervention as well as a mom to a 4 year old and a 6month old. This is a great book for the preschool set. It's catchy, not too full of text, and yet not too simple. It's a great introduction to a storybook as it holds the interest of even younger kids (even language delayed 18 month olds!). It also lends itself naturally to repetition of the words bcause of the way it's set up. It's also a great change from what can be the soulless world of board books. If you have young children, they will love this book- I haven't yet come across one who doesn't.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book Love, Love, Love 11 Nov 2012
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This is an adorable book. The text has a good cadence and fun words for children. I purchased this book for my granddaughter and she loves it. I have read this book to her many times. She takes it and turns the pages by herself to look at the pictures. I would highly recommend this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Story with Enriching Language 11 Feb 2011
By Shanna A. Gonzalez - Published on
This is a charming, simple story about a young duck who arrives home just a bit early for Springtime, so that her cold little feet stick to the frozen pond. When another animal admonishes her to go back, she refuses and, filled with hope, turns her thoughts toward the warm Spring until it arrives.

Peters' use of language is wonderful: her well-chosen words enrich the listener's vocabulary, and at the end of each lyrical phrase she repeats one word three times for a rhythmic, almost musical effect that will make this book popular with toddlers. Williams' watercolors capture the temperature, action and mood of each scene in an artistically vivid way that is pleasant and comforting.

The story events turn on a theme of positive thinking: it is clearly implied that the young duck's thoughts of Spring are what bring about the change in the weather, and some parents may be uncomfortable with the underlying psychological theory of positive thinking. However, this kind of thing does happen in the real world: ducks do sometimes return to their homes while the water is frozen, then wait for it to thaw. It is possible to interpret the duck's mind as being filled with hopeful expectation that Spring -- as it always does, however slow -- rather than being the mechanism by which it comes. Still, since the book is aimed at very young readers who cannot engage in discussion about causality, parents will need to decide for themselves whether this book is appropriate for their children.
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