Quality picture books that make children laugh, wriggle and jiggle, and learn something new every time they open the cover, are gems. They are written and illustrated for that purpose.
And so it is with Have You Seen My Duckling? Nancy Tafuri, a giant in the field of children’s literature, received the Caldecott Honor for her beautiful picture book.
The story has few words. It’s told through pictures. Mother Duck loses her eighth duckling and sails frantically around the pond, the rest of her family behind her.
“Have you seen my duckling?” Mother duck asks the pond animals: bird, turtle, beaver, and fish. None of them has seen her baby. But baby duck is never really lost, only cleverly hidden in each picture.
This hide-and-seek feature makes the storybook a game. Children can’t help but respond when they spot the hidden duckling on every page.
Have You Seen My Duckling? is a wonderful story for parent and child. Each page offers something different to talk about. From toddler to preschooler, it’s a perfect read-aloud for story time and belongs on your little one’s bookshelf.
Playful Early Learning
- Look at the cover. Name the animal mother and count her little ones.
- Open to the title page. Find the venturesome duckling.
- As you read aloud, be sure to point out the details of every picture. The pictures tell the story.
- Search for the missing duckling on each page. (Duckling isn’t lost, just adventuring.)
- On the last page, count and make sure all eight ducklings are safe with Mother Duck.
When young children memorize storybooks, they think and act like readers. This is a beautiful beginning to a lifetime of loving books—and reading.