One Little Duck
Katrina Germein (Illust: Danny Snell)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9781460761649
Awards Year: 2024
Category: Book of the Year: Early Childhood


The classic Five Little Ducks meets We're Going on a Bear Hunt and I Went Walking in an irresistibly fresh, cute and clever picture book that pre-schoolers will love.

One little duck went out one day,
over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said ...
'Moo Moo Moo Moo,'
and Cow said, 'Wait! Now I'm coming too.'

Oh no, Mother Duck has forgotten how to quack!

Every day she tries a new barnyard call, and every night Little Duck returns with a new farm friend.

A fun twist on the song Five Little Ducks, this delightful story from the award-winning duo Katrina Germein and Danny Snell is destined to become a modern classic.

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The CBCA judges say...

Children acquainted with the traditional rhyme, Five Little Ducks, will be delighted with this inventive and surprising picture book about a mother duck who has forgotten how to quack! The familiarity of a farmyard setting is used throughout and the amusing farm animals are the heroes of this story. Page design and an engaging illustration layout together with the endpapers subtly connecting to wallpaper inside the duckhouse, combine with the lively, humorous text to create a cohesive and enjoyable reading (or singing!) experience. Every element of this book has been carefully considered, from the narrative pace to the visual humour, providing countless opportunities to revisit and retell stories, and to discuss and explore concepts such as sequencing and counting.


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Reading Time reviewers say...

This charming picture book takes the song Five Little Ducks and gives it a fun twist. Instead of counting down from five ducks to none, in One Little Duck an animal is added each time Mother Duck calls. Children will really enjoy guessing which animal will be joining in next and following along as the animals explore, play together and share meals in Mother Duck’s cosy home. The book can be sung to the familiar tune, and the repetition and animal noises make it fun for young children to join in...

A fun twist to one of our favourite nursey rhymes – One Little Duck! Instead of counting to five little ducks, Germein and Snell have introduced a variety of barn animals for mama duck to call home each night. This adorable picture book is filled with fun as you go up over the hills and into the fields where flowers sway...


Teaching Notes for this book...

HarperCollins, the publisher, has generously made teaching notes available for this book on their website.


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