Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday. I’m honored to feature the newest book (which is PERFECT for this Father’s Day weekend) from multipublished Caldecott Honor winning author/illustrator Denise Fleming. And guess what? Denise will be here TOMORROW for Will Write for Cookies.
But before I share this very special review with you (special because I’m going to point out how the author updated this old classic to make it more relevant for today’s market), I need to announce the winner of the picture book manuscript critique that author Ellen Leventhal is giving away.
And the winner is…
Congratulations, Diane! Ellen gives super feedback…so you are in for a treat.
And now, we are all in for a treat.
5 LITTLE DUCKS
Written and illustrated by Denise Fleming
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (2016)
Ages: Preschool – Grade 1
Independence, counting, family relationships
A traditional rhyme serves as the basis for an adaptation with an expanded worldview. As in the original, the story begins with five ducklings and a parent. But this time it’s Papa Duck doing the calling. The little ducks’ adventures take place over a week, with one fewer returning home each day. Rather than always going “over the hills and far away,” however, these five little ducks enjoy exploring new places and meeting new friends. They have fun playing in the woods with a winsome flying squirrel, frolicking with wild turkey chicks, imitating a turtle, wallowing in the mud, and splashing in a kiddie pool. On Saturday, however, all five respond to their father’s call, and the family is reunited just in time to share a day of rest on Sunday (mandated by Mama Duck). Two pages of information follow, offering close-up portraits and basic facts about some of the animals featured. As always, Fleming’s artwork, created by pulp painting with pastel pencil accents, is lively and appealing. Her clever tweaks to the familiar text allow her to showcase a variety of natural environments. Whether it’s a panorama of farmland or a shadowy woodland glade, each double-page spread offers plenty of intriguing details limned in bright colors. Packed with personality and charm, these five ducklings will waddle their ways into the hearts of readers and listeners.
Why I like this book:
- Denise has taken a simple classic rhyme and updated it to be more relevant for today’s children.
- Her art is amazing. AMAZING!
- Great read-aloud.
- Here’s another wonderful book that celebrates fathers, just in time for this Father’s Day weekend.
Photo courtesy: http://tinkerlab.com
Denise Fleming is well-known for her amazing paper-making which she uses in her illustrations.
Making paper is a fun-filled activity for kids. For simple instructions, go here: http://tinkerlab.com/how-to-make-paper/
For Denise’s very own instructions on papermaking, go here.
For more awesome activities, visit the 5 Little Ducks activity page.
If you are looking for more picture book reviews, hop on over to Susanna Hill’s blog. After today, she’ll be taking a summer hiatus, but I invite everyone who writes picture book reviews to leave their post links along with their comments every Friday so that readers can hop around and visit other blogs.
Please remember to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway of one of Denise’s fabulous books, BEETLE BOP! And come back tomorrow to chat with her on Will Write for Cookies.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend! Happy Father’s Day!!!