The Resource I'm a duck, Eve Bunting

I'm a duck, Eve Bunting

Label
I'm a duck
Title
I'm a duck
Statement of responsibility
Eve Bunting
Title variation
I am a duck
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
I cannot swim, and that is bad. A landlocked duck is very sad. One day, an egg rolled out of a nest and right into a deep pond. Now that egg is a little duck, and the water is still very scary. Jumping into the pond at all seems impossible, never mind swimming in a line with all his brothers. "You're a duck, and ducks don't sink," Big Frog points out. Practicing in a puddle helps a little, while backrubs and snacks from his mother help a little more. Big Frog offers to hold his friend's wing and dive in together, but our little duck knows that some challenges need to be faced alone. Even when they are very scary!
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 Written in rhymed couplets, this tale opens with a family story: an egg rolls out of its nest and into a pond. Mother duck dives down, retrieves the egg, and returns it to its nest. Later hatched from that egg, our narrator has been afraid of the water ever since. The pale yellow duckling’s mother, brothers, and neighbors offer encouragement. After practicing in a shallow puddle for a day and night, the duckling says, “The pond is waiting there below. / It’s whispering, ‘Come on! Let’s go.’ / But even though I’m well prepared, / I’m really, really, really scared.” Nevertheless, the duckling ventures into the pond and rejoices to find that swimming comes naturally to ducks. Told with a storyteller’s flair, the unpretentious but precisely worded tale flows along steadily, easy to read aloud and pleasing in its expression of feelings familiar to young children. The delicate mixed-media illustrations, created with muted colors and understated patterns, perfectly capture the duckling’s fear, tentative attempts to overcome it, and final triumph. A beguiling picture book. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 1/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 9, p104)
  • PreS-Gr 1–When Duck was still an egg, he rolled out of the nest and into the pond. His frightened mother quickly saved him, but now that he's hatched into a duck, he's afraid to go into the water. With encouragement from his mom, brothers, and his friends Big Frog and Owl, Duck decides to use a puddle to practice swimming. There he splashes bravely day and night until, feeling scared but prepared, he dives into the pond! All the animals are delighted to see him come to the realization that as a duck, he's "perfectly designed" for swimming. "I do the backstroke. There are cheers/so loud they almost hurt my ears./The other ducks shout, "Way to go!"/as I'm backstroking to and fro." Any child hesitant to try something new will recognize themselves in the story of this young duck. Hillebrand's mixed media images beautifully depict the natural setting and enhance the delightful rhyming text. Simple, expressive animals of sizeable proportions are displayed against pastel backgrounds. VERDICT Rhyming text, a cheerful ending, and artwork well suited to sharing with a crowd make this a good choice for storytime. Recommended for most picture book collections.—Gaye Hinchliff, King County Library System, WA --Gaye Hinchliff (Reviewed 02/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 2, p56)
  • As an egg, the narrator of this charming story from Bunting (Thunder Horse) and Hillenbrand (Share, Big Bear, Share!) was rescued by its mother after rolling into a pond; now, the duckling is afraid of the water. From shore, it gloomily watches its brothers paddle by: “I cannot swim, and that is bad,/ A landlocked duck is very sad.” Encouraged by a bullfrog (“Just slide in fast; don’t even think./ You’re a duck, and ducks don’t sink”), the duckling practices in a puddle before mustering the courage to dive in. As family and friends cheer, the elated duck concludes that “I was wrong to ever think/ a well-made duck like me could sink.” Bunting’s singsong rhymes don’t skip a beat as the duck’s trepidation turns into triumph. Hillenbrand is just as successful at capturing the duck’s growing confidence, setting the action in a gauzy, dappled wetland whose soft colors and cast of supportive animals contribute to an atmosphere of security. It’s an endearing allegorical tale whose messages about practice and taking things at one’s own speed will buoy the spirits of children facing new challenges. Ages 3–7. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/01/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 01, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10624325
Cataloging source
QPPL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1928-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bunting, Eve
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Preschool
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Hillenbrand, Will
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Frogs
  • Families
  • Ducks
  • Frogs
  • Friendship
  • Swimming
  • Children's stories
  • Fear
  • Swimming
  • Self-confidence
  • Ducks
Target audience
preschool
Label
I'm a duck, Eve Bunting
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000061556008
Dimensions
24 x 26 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763680329
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
bl2018012448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)994634063
Label
I'm a duck, Eve Bunting
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000061556008
Dimensions
24 x 26 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763680329
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
bl2018012448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)994634063

Library Locations

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