Duck & Goose
By Dawn Friedman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Friends work out disagreement in funny book.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Good intentions cause some conflict but friendship ultimately overcomes bickering.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable here -- and kids might even learn something about unlikely friendships. The argument between Duck and Goose never goes beyond friendly bickering as they work out who will care for the polka-dot egg.
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What's the Story?
Duck and Goose have found a beautiful egg and both want to be the one to care for it. When neither are willing to give in to the other, they have to find a way to work together for the good of the baby they hope to hatch.
Is It Any Good?
The richly colorful but simple illustrations complement the bouncy, humorous tone of the book. Especially fun is the pictured dispute over who will get to sit on the found egg to keep it warm. Duck and Goose wriggle around, nudging each other over on the egg much like siblings wrestling for the best seat on the couch.
Parents will find this a treat to read aloud, with funny dialogue and big bold type when Duck and Goose start hollering. A few wordy pages may have some kids fidgeting but an animated reader probably will keep them interested. Kids will identify with these birds, whose hearts are in the right places. And they will laugh at the semi-surprise ending.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about squabbles in their own homes. Families can use the book as a non-threatening way to discuss everyday arguing and ways to work toward resolution. Parents might ask, "Why are Duck and Goose fighting? How would you have solved the problem?"
- Author: Tad Hills
- Illustrator: Tad Hills
- Genre: Picture Book
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Random House
- Publication date: January 24, 2006
- Number of pages: 40
- Last updated: October 8, 2015
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