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Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

by Tad Hills

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A sweet, simple story for the fall season. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
The Duck and Goose books by Tad Hill (there are many!) are great to share with your toddler or early pre-schooler. Fun, simple stories, with bright and adorable illustrations! ( )
  DiamondDog | Mar 29, 2013 |
This review was previously published. I have edited it.

This title was originally released as a small format board book in July 2009, but to my delight Random House has re-released it in a large, picture-book size board book, perfect for storytime! It's about 10 by 10 inches.

It's hard to believe there is anyone out there who hasn't met Duck and Goose yet, but if you haven't...

Duck and Goose are best friends, sometimes joined by another duckling, Thistle. While they most often explore concepts in their board books, in this particular title they're on a hunt - a hunt for a pumpkin! Duck and Goose are so enamoured of Thistle's pumpkin that they go searching for one of their own, but in all the wrong places. With a little help from Thistle, they finally find their own pumpkin.

The text is short, sweet and simple, perfect for toddlers. It's framed as a series of questions, "Is our pumpkin in the log, Goose? No." and makes not only a good straight read-aloud, but a nice structure for creating your own questions and story, especially if you're reading this with older kids.

Hills' oil paint illustrations are so rich I just want to keep stroking this book. Duck and Goose's brilliant white and yellow plumage stands out sharply against a glowing orange and green background of leaves, grass, and pumpkins. The illustrations are simple and easy for little ones to follow, without overdoing the detail, but they're not abstract and don't make you guess what the painting is supposed to be.

Verdict: I'm delighted that Random has published this board book in a large enough format that I can use this title in storytime. Great for toddlers and young preschoolers and perfect for fall storytimes. Even if you have the original, I strongly recommend purchasing this new edition as well!

ISBN: 9780307981554; This edition published July 2012 by Random House/Schwartz & Wade; Review copy provided by the publisher; Donated to the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Sep 22, 2012 |
Duck and goose are friends who work together to find a pumpkin, like the one Thistle, another friend, has. They look everywhere: under a pile of leaves, up a tree, in a hallow log... and, finally, in a pumpkin patch.

"Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin" is one in series of board books about the adorable duo. Great for toddlers, the book is comprised of few words, and simple ones at that. The pictures are also fairly simple but in the most beautiful autumn colors, perfect this time of year. Also, the story is repetitive and predictable, so it could be a useful learning tool for children who are just becoming familiar with words and reading. Additionally, it's subtly funny, which adults reading this with their kids can appreciate. ( )
  elenaazad | Oct 24, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037585813X, Board book)

PRESCHOOLERS WILL CHEER the return of Duck and Goose in their fourth board book appearance. This time, Duck and Goose are looking for the perfect pumpkin. Is it in the log? Is it under the leaves? Is it in the apple tree? Young children will surely enjoy going on a pumpkin hunt with Duck and Goose . . . especially when they find the perfect pumpkin at the end!

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When they see their friend Thistle carrying a pumpkin, Duck and Goose each want one but they are having no luck finding any pumpkins until Thistle steers them in the right direction.

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