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One Duck Stuck Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Root, Phyllis, Chapman, Jane (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0763615668     ISBN-13: 9780763615666
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2003

Annotation: The "Parents(" Best Book of the Year is now available in paperback. Bright, bold illustrations enhance the simple tale that introduces readers to simple counting concepts. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Ducks; Fiction.
Marsh animals; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2006018918
Lexile Measure: 210
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.25" (0.50 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 59438
Reading Level: 1.4   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q08656
Reading Level: 1.5   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
" Perfect for reading aloud, this counting book not only contains bright bold illustrations but also has lots of . . . sound effects that children will love to replicate." -- Booklist
Down by the marsh,
by the sleepy,
slimy marsh,
one duck
gets stuck in the muck . . .
Can two fish, tails going swish, help? What about three moose, munching on spruce? Bright, spirited illustrations by Jane Chapman enhance this one-of-a-kind counting tale by Phyllis Root - a feast of sounds and numbers that will have listeners scrambling to join in the slippy, sloppy fun.

Contributor Bio(s): Phyllis Root says she wanted ONE DUCK STUCK to be "a north woods wetlands counting book, accurate to the marshes of Minnesota. All the animals are actually found there. I love to go canoeing and camping, and this book is a composite of my experiences."

Jane Chapman does all her painting in her kitchen, looking out onto the garden. "The color blue in ONE DUCK STUCK is the exact same blue that's in my kitchen," she says. Although she has a pet tortoise named Muggs, who at age 70 is a family heirloom, one day she would like to have a duck as well.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998)
A rhythmic, repetitive text follows the efforts of one stuck duck as two fish, three moose, and so on up to ten dragonflies try to free the duck. When all help together, the duck comes free of the muck. The language is playful and rich in onomatopoeia, and the colorful gouache paintings are humorous.Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2003 January #3)
When a duck gets stuck, different groups of marshland creatures, from two fish to 10 dragonflies, offer to help. "Readers will be enchanted by the vibrant pictures and the immensely satisfying sounds and rhythms of the text," said PW. Ages 2-5. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1998 May #1)
Just as the title of this satisfying counting book says, there's one duck stuck (in the muck, as it turns out). Different groups of marshland creatures, from two fish to 10 dragonflies, appear with an offer of help. Each arrival is described with verbal relish: "Nine snakes/ leaving little wakes/ slither to the duck./ Slink, slink." However, no matter what the number or the species, the result is the same: the duck stays stuck. Root's (Mrs. Potter's Pig) wordplay finds an effective visual counterpart in Chapman's (Dora's Eggs) full-bleed gouaches. The illustrator revels in juxtaposing strong colors, so that the hues in her palette pop with a primary-like brightness. But the book does suffer from a major leap in logic: it's never clear how the animals tried to use their distinctive talents in their failed attempts to free the duck. When they all finally gather to effect a joint rescue effort, nothing happens except a recap of the funny noises they make; on the penultimate spread, the duck simply steps out of the goo with a "Spluck!" Will children wonder why the duck didn't extract itself earlier? Probably notAthey'll be too enchanted by Chapman's vibrant pictures and the immensely satisfying sounds and rhythms of Root's text. Ages 2-5. (May)

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1998 June)
This colorful counting book tells the tale of a poor duck that has one foot "stuck in the muck." In quick succession, groups of different animals try to set the victim free two fish, three moose, four crickets, etc. None of the creatures is successful until they all work together and the beleaguered bird is finally able to fly away. Bold, playful, gouache paintings featuring bright rich colors show the bird's plight. The duck's frustration, surprise, and ultimate delight are evident in the expressive artwork. Unfortunately, the repetitive narrative is not as effective. The sentences are long and the rhyme is sometimes forced ("Nine snakes/leaving little wakes/slither to the duck./Slink, slink"). Still, a skilled reader may be able to transform this into a rollicking read-aloud and the illustrations will carry well in a group setting. Children will be eager to repeat the chant, "Help! Help! Who can help?" Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews
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