Duck & Goose



Friends work out disagreement in funny book.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good intentions cause some conflict but friendship ultimately overcomes bickering.

Violence & scariness
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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.

Families can talk 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?"

Book details

Author:Tad Hills
Illustrator:Tad Hills
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:January 24, 2006
Number of pages:40
Read aloud:2
Read alone:7

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Adult Written bySpiff April 9, 2008
Adorable, humorous book about two birds who become friends. It will become one of your favorites!
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008


This book was sooooooo cute! I loved the illustrations:)


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