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Duck Dunks    by Lynne Berry & Hiroe Nakata order for
Duck Dunks
by Lynne Berry
Order:  USA  Can
Henry Holt, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This is a very sweet and simple rhyming story for the youngest of children about five little ducks out for a dunk, followed by a picnic on the sand, and games of kite flying and leap frog. The ducklings then return home after a day of frolicking at the beach, exhausted and happy.

The text is basic and easy to read aloud.

'One duck gurgles.
Two ducks whirl.
Three ducks burble.
Four ducks swirl.
Five little ducks dunk undersea.
Ducks paddle up now -
"Look at me!"

Soon ducks shiver.
Time for sun!
Ducks reach dry land, one by one.
Ducks on towels unpack lunch:
Clam cakes, jam cakes.
Five ducks munch.

The staccato-like text in this book is reminiscent of the language in Nancy Shaw's Sheep in a Jeep. Duck Dunks is a follow-up to Duck Skates. The book is rounded out by pleasing illustrations of the five charming main characters.

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