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Ducks like to swim
Verboven, Agnes.
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Uniform Title:
Alle eendjes zwemmen in het water. English
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 1997.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
An assortment of animals join a mother duck in making noises in an effort to bring on rain.
General Note:
"First published in Belgium in 1966"--page facing t.p.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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It's a bright blue day down on the farm, and that's bad news for the ducks. They want showers -- right now! -- for swimming. And although Mother duck tries to coax on the clouds with her quacks, the sun still shines. Rooster's crows, dog's barks, and even donkey's brays aren't enough either. But then all the creatures sing out, with a 1,2,3.... Even the sunniest preschoolers will be rooting -- and neighing, meowing, bowwowing too -- for rain as they raise their voices in support of these vividly drawn and brilliantly colored farmland friends.

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Booklist Review

Ages 1^-3. This robust Flemish import begins, "Ducks like to swim." Unfortunately, there isn't enough water. So Mother Duck begins to quack for rain, and her barnyard friends join in. Westerduin's big, colorful paintings focus on the growing chorus, as well as the toddlerlike antics of the smallest duckling. Although we've seen this type of book before, the show-stealing pictures, the familiar creatures, the simple language, and the engaging sound effects make it ideal for lap-sitting story times. --Julie Corsaro

School Library Journal Review

PreS‘There is not enough water for mother duck and her chicks to swim. She quacks for rain and wonders, "Who will help?" The rooster crows, the dog barks, and each animal in turn gives a try. Finally, everyone makes noise together, it rains, and the ducks swim happily away. The alkyd paintings are rich with color and feature animals that are somewhat anthropomorphized. Unfortunately, the intended audience will have a difficult time identifying some of the images. For example, a duckling peeps out of a grate on one page, hides in the lamb's wool on another, and is almost squashed by a pig on another. These illustrations show only the duckling's head, slightly distorted, and will not be easily discernible to preschool children. However, the story has a satisfying conclusion and will encourage participation.‘Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.