Goodnight, Little Duckling

Goodnight, Little Duckling
Author(s)
Co-Authors / Illustrators
Age Range
2+
Release Date
February 01, 2022
ISBN
978-1419752872
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A simple bedtime story about listening to mommy, sure to soothe your little one to sleep

Meet Little Duckling on the day he forgets to listen to his mommy and leaves the nest in search of adventure . . . then gets lost! With the help of his friend the frog, he finds his way back to the nest, where a surprise is waiting for him—some new brothers and sisters have hatched! Featuring a unique blend of photographs and illustrations, Baby Animal Tales are perfect for bedtime or naptime and are sure to give your little one sweet dreams.

Editor review

1 review
intriguing picture book
Overall rating
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE DUCKLING follows a little duckling after he hatches and decides to go for an adventure. Although his mother warns him not to leave the nest while she goes to get food as he might get lost, he ventures out into the water. He explores and follows a dragonfly, soon to realize he does not know where he is anymore. Luckily, a frog comes to help him find his way back home. When he arrives, he finds his brother and sisters have also hatched and his mother has returned just in time for bedtime.

What I loved: The illustrations are really unique in this series, featuring photographs of the featured baby animal along with sketched backgrounds and side characters. This unique style adds a lot of interest. The story is fairly detailed with enough text that it will work for preschoolers and early elementary school aged readers.

What left me wanting more: As a bedtime story, I found it a little intense with the duckling getting lost, though this is resolved quickly, so may not trouble young readers. I also was concerned about the way the duckling finds his way back - by following a stranger. I am not sure about the message this sends and would have preferred if he found his own way by retracing his steps or by his mother finding him.

Final verdict: An intriguing picture book, GOODNIGHT, LITTLE DUCKLING features clever artwork and a story of a duckling's adventure that will work for preschoolers and young elementary school readers.
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