Mr. Duck enjoys a quiet, structured life in the serene pond where he lives alone, and has a rigid schedule that he follows religiously every morning, right down to the precise time when he would: 1) stretch his wings; 2) fluff his feathers; and 3) glide across the perfectly still water. And that’s just the way he likes it — at least, that’s what he thinks.
What Henry wants most in the world is a dog, which he’s convinced will be the Perfect Pet for him. So he places an ad in the papers — as you do — to seek one with floppy ears, a waggy tail, a cold wet nose and a furry tongue, and who can do fantastic tricks.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this book would appeal to the kids. Sure, its shiny Caldecott Honor credentials attest to the quality of the illustrations within, but there are barely any words inside and the basic story about a duckling wandering off on his own while his mother goes around searching for him, seems pretty straightforward. In fact, the title — Have You Seen My Duckling? — is repeated several times in the book in the form of the mother duck’s speech, and serves as the main body text.
Well, I was wrong: it was a huge hit with both kids!
Quack and Count is an interesting and original counting book that illustrates to kids that there is more than one way to add to get the same outcome, by using the seven ducks in the book (1+6, 2+5, 3+4, etc).