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Baby Duck's new friend
Asch, Frank.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Baby Duck follows a rubber ducky down waterfalls, through the woods, and far away from home, not realizing that he will have to find his own way back.
General Note:
"Gulliver Books."
Reading Level:
AD 340 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 46589.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 2 Quiz: 24651 Guided reading level: J.
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Fun, friendship, and adventure!
Baby Duck's mama warns him not to swim past the old stone bridge unless he's with a duck who can fly. Luckily, Baby Duck meets what appears to be the perfect new friend--it can swim and fly, and it isn't afraid of anything. The two of them make an incredible journey to the sea. And when Baby Duck has to find his own way home, he discovers something amazing about himself.
Award-winning author Frank Asch and his son, Devin, have written a heartwarming story about a little duckling who finds it within himself to spread his wings . . . and fly!

Author Notes

Frank Asch was born on August 6, 1946, in Somerville, NJ. In 1969 he graduated from Cooper Union in New York City with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts. Since then he has taught in both the United States and abroad. He has also organized art, writing, puppetry, and creative dramatics workshops for children all over the country.

In 1976 Mr. Asch and his wife started their own children's theatre called The Belly Buttons. In l989, Frank Asch and Vladimir Vagin published Here Comes the Cat!, the first Russian/American collaboration on a children's book, which has since received the Russian National Book Award. Mr. Asch also joined forces with naturalist and photographer Ted Levin for a series of poetry books for children. In 1996, their first book, Sawgrass Poems, was named to the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers. Like a Windy Day was released in fall 2002. It was the fourth and last book in the "element" book series that already includes The Earth and I, Water, and The Sun Is My Favorite Star.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. Baby Duck wants to go exploring, but he's not allowed to go beyond the stone bridge without someone who can fly. When he mistakes a rubber ducky for a grown-up flying duck, he follows his new friend on an amazing journey, all the way to the sea. When a child picks up the rubber ducky, Baby Duck is left to try and find his own way home. Much to his surprise, he learns that he can fly. The nicely colored pen-and-ink illustrations have an innocence that will appeal to children, who will love figuring out the rubber ducky's secret before Baby Duck does. Lessons about independence and self-reliance are gently woven into this simple story. --Marta Segal

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a story with echoes of the elder Asch's Happy Birthday, Moon, an eager-to-roam duckling befriends a rubber ducky who has fallen out of a truck and plopped into his watery path. "You don't talk much... but you sure are fun!" Baby Duck says, as he follows the impervious bobbing toy. Their adventure quickly turns dangerous. Soon Baby Duck is left deserted on a faraway beach and despairs of ever getting back homeDuntil he discovers he can fly. A lovely glow radiates from the Asches' digitally enhanced pen-and-ink illustrations, particularly in their depictions of water and moonlight. The father-and-son team (Devin Asch makes his debut here) keeps the book's action at arm's length with their flat, mural-like renderings. This can be a plus, for instance, as the duck pair head down a waterfall, but the artwork also softens the drama of Baby Duck's reunion with his mother. Children will likely get a charge out of being in on the joke. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Baby Duck goes exploring, keeping in mind his mother's admonition not to go past the bridge unless he is with a companion capable of flying. When a yellow rubber duck drops from a truck crossing the bridge, the duckling is certain that he has found a friend that fills that requirement. He follows his new acquaintance downstream, past a fox, over a waterfall, and into the ocean. When both ducks are finally tossed ashore, a passing boy finds the toy and takes it home. Frightened and alone, Baby Duck angrily flaps his wings, and soon discovers that he can fly. He takes to the air and follows the river home, where he explains to his anxious mother that he met a new friend. She gives him a minnow and tells him that tomorrow is the big day when he will learn how to fly. Like most children, he is way ahead of mom. Drawn in pen and ink and colorized in Adobe Photoshop, the serviceable illustrations are clear and bright but add little to the text. Also, the story's premise, that the falling rubber duck appears to be flying, will be difficult for the intended audience to understand, as will some of the subsequent events. For the most part, there is very little excitement or tension here. Like a Saturday-morning cartoon, this tale depends upon incredible circumstances and survival by dumb luck.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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