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Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Duck on a Bike

by David Shannon

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This is a predictable story about a silly duck who decides to ride a bike past every animal on the farm. Some animals think it’s pretty neat that there is a duck on a bike, others think it is unsafe, or a waste of time, but when a bunch of kids leave their bikes out, the animals can’t resist. DUCK ON A BIKE comes to life with David Shannon’s wonderful use of imagery and very colorful, painted illustrations. Children could read along with the predictable parts in this book and say the animal sounds. A lesson in sequence could be taught, drawing out a map of each animal Duck rides past in order. This book is a great, goofy read-aloud! ( )
  k.hostetler11 | Sep 23, 2015 |
This is a Fantasy and is written in third person. The setting is a farm in which a duck named Duck lives there. Duck got the idea to ride a bike that he had seen. He waddled over to where a boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly past Cow and waved to her. "Hello, Cow!" said Duck. "Moo," said Cow. But what she thought was (Streams of consciousness), "A duck on a bike? That's the silliest thing I've ever seen!" . Then Duck rides past sheep, horse, and all the other barnyard animals. In the end a group of kids leave their bike there and all the animals ride bikes with Duck.
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This is a very funny book. The children enjoyed this one the most.
Classroom Extension Ideas
1. Ask students to share if they have ever seen any animals do tricks.
2. Show a video of animals doing amazing tricks.
3. This would be a good story before going on a trip to the zoo. ( )
  Rayma_Powers | Jul 12, 2015 |
to teach children that people may never believe in you but you can do what you put your mind to. also a great book to use for expression.
  bmm034 | Apr 30, 2015 |
This is another great story by David Shannon that can be used for a great lesson on reading with expression. Students will enjoy this silly story about a duck riding a bike because no one has heard of such a thing! ( )
  KRW15 | Apr 30, 2015 |
Very humorous book! Students love how silly and fun this book can be. Leads to great conversations about personal experiences.
  kes030 | Apr 30, 2015 |
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When Duck gets the zany idea to ride a bike one day, each animal on the farm has a reaction. "M-o-o-o," says Cow. But what she's really thinking is, "A duck on a bike? That's the silliest thing I've ever seen!" Pig and Pig say "Oink," thinking all the while, "Duck is such a show-off!" But it's not until a crew of kids shows up and leaves their bikes lying about that the true feelings of all the animals come to light, and for one brief, glorious moment, the farm is a mad, mad world of two-wheeling road hogs (and chickens and horses and goats). David Shannon, the creator of Caldecott Honor Book, No, David!, fills the pages of this barnyard romp with sun-soaked color, charming animals, and unusual perspectives. We see Cat, for example, looming belly-first in the foreground, with Duck merrily pedaling away in the distance. The story itself is nothing to write home about--No, David! is far snappier and more original--but younger kids may well enjoy the repetitive crescendo and the goofy finale. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.

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