- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Festival (Feb. 9 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006235308X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062353085
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.6 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur Hardcover – Feb 9 2016
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From the Back Cover
Three eggs in a nest begin to wiggle and wobble, until . . .
It's a duck . . .
duck . . .
Meet Feather, Flap, and Spike. They're three unlikely siblings who each want to stand out. But together, they make the biggest splash!
About the Author
Kallie George is the author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. She works as an author and speaker in Vancouver, Canada, and she holds a master’s degree in children’s literature from the University of British Columbia. In addition to writing books for young readers, she leads workshops for aspiring writers. Visit Kallie online at kalliegeorge.com.
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It has the classic element of sibling rivalry, but handles it in a fresh new way. Two of Mama duck's three eggs hatch open to reveal two lovely baby ducklings who she names Feather and Flap. She comments on how big both of them are already and this immediately instigates an argument between Feather (who is slightly larger) and Flap. Their silly argument is waylaid not by chastisement from Mama, but the loud cracking open of the third egg! Yep, it's a dinosaur. The baby dino (later named Spike) happily bellows "BIG!", effectively ending the discussion of which child is the biggest. Mama innocently comments on how sweet her family is, causing Feather and Flap to launch into another argument about who is sweetest. Feather brings Mama a flower only to be outdone by Flap who brings a bouquet. Spike bounds over with a flowering tree, cheerfully roaring (he sounds like Groot in my mind) "SWEET!". Spike is of course not competing, but participating on a level that is scaled to his own considerable size. Feather and Flap seem to recognize this and so don't appear to resent Spike's efforts. His actions simply interrupt their own, ending the conflict without specifically calling anyone out for being competitive or jealous. Eventually, the ducks and the dinosaur find something that they have in common in equal abundance (they're both chilly after a swim in the pond). Mama duck calls them all in for a cuddle, uniting them under her welcoming wings where "no one was bigger, or sweeter, or funnier, or better."
That's what I most appreciate about this book. It has a wonderful lesson, but it doesn't overstate it or shove it down anyone's throat. No one is made to feel bad for having a silly argument or competing for affection, they're just all given equal affection. It takes a few repetitions, but by the end it is clear from their expressions that Feather, Flap, and Spike know they are loved. The moral is intact but the tone of the book is kept light, which is ideal for my purposes (reading it aloud to 20-30 small children in a public library).
I am definitely going to buy myself a copy to have on hand and maybe one for my niece as well.
Do you like this book?
Yeah! Because the egg hatched into a dinosaur. It's silly they are all ducks but not the dinosaur.
What's your favorite part of the book?
The dinosaur, and the dinosaur splashing in the water and making a wave. I like the eggs and the big egg was a baby dinosaur. It made me feel happy because of the dinosaur and the three ducks.
What do you think of the cover?
I like it because it's so awesome. I love dinosaurs. It even says "Duck, Duck, Dinosaur". And the dinosaur is at the bottom
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What Momma Thinks...
This is a really cute book. It shows how a family can always be accepting, even if you don't think you fit in. Of course, ducks and dinosaurs are two of my favorite animals.