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Quack and count
1st ed.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Company, c1999.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 23 x 29 cm.
Reading Level:
NP L Lexile
Seven ducklings take a rhyming look at addition.


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Book EASY BAK 1 1

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Slip, slide, leap, and dive with a family of seven lively ducklings as they get ready to fly for the very first time.It's an adventure little ones will want to recount again and again!

Author Notes

Keith Baker has written and illustrated many well-loved picture books and early chapter books, including several about the charming and lovable Mr. and Mrs. Green. Two of his best-known picture books, Hide and Snake and Who Is the Beast?, are about animals. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Seven ducklings splash and play in different combinations that introduce basic addition. Collage art fills the jungle and pond life scenes with a riot of colors and textures," noted PW. Ages 2-5. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Jaunty rhyming couplets describe the actions of seven ducklings and the different ways to count to seven: Slipping, sliding, having fun / 7 ducklings, 6 plus 1. Baker cleverly uses double-page spreads to demonstrate the concept of addition, featuring one group of ducklings on the left-hand page, the sum-completing remainder on the right. Playful, textured cut-paper illustrations seem to fly off the pages. From HORN BOOK Spring 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Baker (Big Fat Hen, 1994, etc.) engages in more number play, posing ducklings in every combination of groups, e.g., ``Splashing as they leap and dive/7 ducklings, 2 plus 5.'' Using a great array of streaked and dappled papers, Baker creates a series of leafy collage scenes for the noisy, exuberant ducklings to fill, tucking in an occasional ladybug or other small creature for sharp-eyed pre-readers to spot. Children will regretfully wave goodbye as the ducks fly off in neat formation at the end of this brief, painless introduction to several basic math concepts. (Picture book. 4-6)

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-6. Here's a delightful book offering loads of fun with the number seven. Playful ducklings show all the ways the sum of seven can be reached. The cut-paper double-spread collages, in rich hues of blue, green, and brown, first picture a row of seven ducklings for children to count. Six ducklings slide down one side of a bank as the seventh slides down the other, giving a visual representation of how six plus one makes seven. Five ducklings play peek-a-book on one side of a spread; two play on the other, and so on. All six ways of reaching the sum of seven are presented. On the last pages the ducklings fly away. This charmer should have little ones figuring out the basic concept of addition in no time. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Seven uniquely marked ducklings slide, chase bees, and play peekaboo as they group on double-spread pages to illustrate ways to add up to their sum. "Splashing as they leap and dive/7 ducklings, 2 plus 5" shows five swimmers opposite two divers. Jaunty scenes in cut-paper collage with a gracious array of colors offer plenty of extras, including a pair of ladybugs that accompany the ducks throughout except for the V-formation at the end. The art successfully captures the birds' camouflage and rippling water with speckled papers, but this effect sometimes turns the counting exercise into a seek-and-find challenge. Still, the book is attractive, and children will have fun with it.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.