A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there is nothing of concern in this gentle story of a family of ducks, told skillfully and straightforwardly. The ducklings are raised by the mother and father ducks in such a way that considers their overall surroundingss and utilizes resources that their community provides.
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What's the story?
Honk, honk! \"Quack!\" Watch out for the cars, Mrs. Mallard! She must convey her eight ducklings safely across several busy Boston streets to the Public Garden so they can meet their father. Children and parents will enjoy sharing this endearing story about family. The illustrations are all in sepia charcoal, which will disappoint some kids used to full color.
Is it any good?
Family is the central theme in this engaging Robert McCloskey classic. The mallard ducks illustrate love and care in the family. McCloskey describes the adult ducks carefully selecting a nesting site and, later, teaching the ducklings basic survival skills. Tension and adventure are created in the story during their dangerous trip across busy streets to get to the Public Garden and safety.
Today's children respond with enthusiasm and affection for the ducks and ducklings, barely noticing the dated cars or police officer's uniform. Sepia-toned charcoal art on cream-colored paper conveys the story's gentle love and warmth. Today's children, however, may find the one-tone illustrations dull. Children will appreciate being able to count all eight ducklings in each illustration of the family and will check to see that all are present.