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Who can resist a cute fluffy duck showing off on the front cover of a book? Neither myself nor my daughter can that's for sure.
Little quack is a cute little duckling with four brothers and sisters, each as cute as the next one.
The first time I opened this book to start reading, I thought it was loosely based on the rhyme about five little ducks going swimming one day. The more I read the more I managed to match this story to the rhyme, but the writers are clever enough not to actually repeat any of the lines.
Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle, and Little Quack are about to play a game of hide and seek with their mother. All the other ducklings manage to find a place to hide straight away but Little Quack struggles to find a good place to hide even though he tells his mother he will find the best hiding place of all.
It doesn't take Mummy duck very long to find each duck but as she does the book takes the reader through a nice counting game as well as some feel good reading, with quite a few emotions mixed in there for good measure.
The four ducklings are all excited when they find good hiding places, but as Little Quack can't find anywhere to hide he stays behind Mummy Duck and hides there. He is scared he'll be found before all the other ducklings, but at the same time he has a cheeky nature when we see him telling the other ducklings to keep quiet whilst Mummy tries to find him.
Each page is filled to the brim with bright vibrant colours and simple pictures for little children to relate to. The shapes are clear and perfect for my daughter to point at and go along with.
Also on each page there is the option to count the ducks that are left on the page. This is a great idea to encourage counting the smaller numbers starting at number one. I do find that when my daughter tries to count she always misses saying the number one. I think that is because we have always started her off so she never has to say it herself.
The let down of the counting aspect in this book is that considering this book is great for younger children to learn counting up to five, there is a confusing number of ducks placed on the page with a minus sign in between them. I think young children are too young to even contemplate having to count the ducks, and then take one away before getting the right answer. Let them learn to count first.
Of course there is a great happy ending to the book when Mummy has found all the other ducklings and now needs to find Little Quack. She eventually finds him and praises him for thinking of an inventive place to hide.
Overall this book is great if you exclude the counting of the ducks guide at the bottom of the page. Personally I have just ignored this and counted the actual ducks we can see on the page. They are cuter than the basic drawings on the bottom and work better for us.
I am quite pleased this was a library book, but if you want to buy it you can get it from Amazon for £4.99. ISBN: 978-0743477932. Published: 2005