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The dog and duck,
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The dog and duck concept might sound like a pub name, but this simple yet very well-written and beautifully rhythmic narrative featuring a Scottie dog and a duckling is a big favourite with 2-5 year olds.
Lynley Dodd's books are generally popular with the preschool class I teach: whether Scarface Claw, Slinki Malinki, or the perennial favourite Hairy Maclary... the stories are much-loved and much-requested. But this is the hands-down, runaway favourite.
The story is - for a Lynley Dodd - on the easy side. Children love the rhyme scheme accompanying Hairy Maclary's elements of the narrative and particularly enjoy the routine loud/simple interruptions to the rhyme provided by Zachary Quack's entrances into the narrative.
There is a simple tension between the protagonists before an endangered Hairy Maclary is saved from a serious problem (being unable to get out of the river he'd jumped into) by Zachary Quack's superior water skills - and the two live happily, if sleepily cuddled-up together, after!