Ducks On the Road: A Counting Adventure by Anita Lobel

Ducks On the Road: A Counting Adventure by Anita Lobel. Paula Wiseman Books, (9781534465923), 2021

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?   Mama and Papa Duck set off from the pond with their ten little ducks following along behind.  One by one, the little ducks turn back to say hello to an animal friend.  “Ten little ducks walked on the road behind Mama and Papa Duck. Until the tenth little duck in line turned back to quack. ‘Hello, Frog!’”  Mama and Papa finally notice that the road is empty behind them but the little ducks show up with their friends, including an eleventh duckling.  The Duck family and the other animals end up back at the pond and the final page is filled with animal sounds.  This is a sweet story for teaching children to count and they will also enjoy identifying all the animals and joining in with some animal sounds.  The illustrations, rendered in gouache and colored pencil with felt-tip pen touches, are filled with the colors of spring.  The repetitive text allows little readers to join in and the numbers from one to ten are in bold red. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a fun story to add to story times about ducks and to share with children learning to count.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  3/22/2021        

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