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Just ducky
Mallat, Kathy.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Walker, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
A lonely little duck looks into the water and finally finds someone to play with.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 64201.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Sometimes you can be your own best friend.

Ducky wants to enjoy the beautiful day,
but he can't find a friend who has time to play.

Every parent who has heard their child say, "There's no one to play with," will nod their head with understanding delight as Ducky discovers his new friend. Even the youngest children will figure out what's really happening long before Ducky does in this lyrical story that's sure to leave them smiling. Along the way they too will discover that being "just Ducky" is just ducky fun.

Author Notes

Kathy Mallat teaches elementary art. She also visits schools in New England and beyond to share her experiences in writing and illustrating children's books. She and her husband, Steve, are the proud parents of daughters Erin and Meghan. Kathy lives in Lebanon, Maine.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. Young children will be drawn to this sunny picture book with a lively rhyming text. Little Ducky wants to find a friend to play with, "So he quacks and squawks calling Bee to come play, but Bee is too busy bizz-buzzing away." When Mouse and Frog are too busy dashing and hopping to play, Ducky feels sad. But not for long; as he looks at his reflection in the water, Ducky is elated that he has found a new playmate. "Have you come to play?" he asks. "I hope you're not busy. Please, don't swim away." Children under three may not realize that Ducky's new playmate is only his reflection, but older preschoolers will love being in on the joke and having a laugh at his expense. Even younger kids will like the playful language and the rhyming words, and the artwork will grab them. Double-page spreads filled with bright, cheerful colors and detailed renderings of pond plant and animal life make a lively backdrop for Ducky's silly animated antics as he splish-splashes with his reflection. A delightful read-aloud for preschool storytime. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

After many unsuccessful attempts, Ducky finally finds a companion or so he thinks in this sweet tale of first friendship. Mallat s (Brave Bear) full-bleed mixed-media spreads burst with springtime green, sky blue and buttercup yellow, as the hero moves through a pondside flowerbed in pursuit of playmates. (He quacks and squawks calling Frog to come play,/ but Frog is too busy hip-hopping away.) Eventually, as Ducky swims, he discovers a friend who mirrors his every move. ( Hello there, quacks Ducky. Have you come to play?/ I hope you re not busy. Please, don t swim away. ) He does not seem to notice that his newfound friend never replies. Youngsters will no doubt find the inside joke funny. And, although Mallat s sometimes forced rhyme makes for a choppy read-aloud, the simple story s uplifting ending (with its subtle moral that sometimes one s own company is best of all), on-target humor and sunny illustrations make this a pleasant choice for the preschool audience. Ages 2-5. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Poor little Ducky is looking for some friends to play with, but, alas, he is snubbed one by one by Bee, Mouse, and Frog. Just when he is about to give up, he encounters a little yellow, fuzzy creature that is happy to splash around the pond with him doing all the things that he loves to do. At last, he reunites with his mother, saying, "Mama, being just Ducky was just ducky fun." Although the text does not scan particularly well, the story promotes the idea of a child enjoying his own company, even though it's not quite clear that Ducky knows his new friend is his own reflection. The bright, mixed-media illustrations show Ducky's moods, yet the perspectives are a bit odd as he meets up with the other animals. An additional purchase for collections on self-esteem.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.