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Eric Carle Animal Flash Cards

A Journal of Baby's First Year

10 Little Rubber Ducks
>by Eric Carle
ages 4-8 36 pages HarperCollins February 2005 Hardcover    

Eric Carle’s cute new book 10 Little Rubber Ducks was inspired by a 1992 incident when a shipment of 29,000 rubber bathtub toys, including ducks, beavers, turtles and frogs, fell overboard from a container ship. Carle takes this concept and narrows it down to ten rubber ducks and what happens to them when they get lost at sea.

Carle’s book starts out in the factory and shows how the little duckies were made, boxed and shipped. During a storm, the box containing the ducks falls overboard and they begin to drift apart. The rest of the book follows each duck and explains where they end up and who they meet. The book ends with a wonderful page with a push button that allows children to hear what the rubber duckies sound like.

This book is perfect for young readers. Not only will they like seeing what happens to the ducks, but they will also learn a little geography as the ducks drift to different parts of the world and run into animals like polar bears up North and flamingos in the South. And, of course, every child will enjoy pushing the button and hearing the duckies squeak. The illustrations will also please children. The collage-like art work is colorful and adorable and adds dimension to the storyline.

10 Little Rubber Ducks
is a wonderful, colorful book to read to young children or for beginning readers to read on their own. This might be especially fun to read after the young ones have gotten out of the bath with their own rubber duckies.

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