10 Little Rubber Ducks
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4) and Max (age 2) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (6/08)
“10 Little Rubber Ducks” starts with the rubber ducks being made in the machine. They are then boxed up and put on a boat. One box falls overboard and the ten ducks in that box take off in all different directions. They all encounter different things; for instance, one meets up with a polar bear, one with a turtle, and one with a flamingo. The last duck meets up with a flock of real ducks.
Cayden: “Why don’t those ducks have eyes yet?”
Cayden: “Oh- I see! That guy paints the eyes on and the lady paints their bills.”
Cadyen: “We have ducks like that in our bathtub!”
Cayden: “Let’s count the ducks!”
Cayden: “The boxes full of ducks are going on the boat to go to other countries.”
Max: “Ducks fall!”
Cayden: “The ducks fell into the water!”
Cayden: “All of the ducks are going to different places.”
Cayden: “Look that rubber duck found some real ducks!”
Cayden: Referring to the squeaker at the end: “That is hard to make squeak!”
Max: “Hard! Help!”
“10 Little Rubber Ducks” is a fun book by one of our favorite children’s authors, Eric Carle. This version is in board book format which is great for the younger ones so they don’t rip the pages. The book provides numerous opportunities to teach counting, directions, and different animals to your children. Cayden counted the ducks over and over again in an attempt to teach Max his numbers. The storyline is engaging and the simplistic illustrations are wonderful! The only issue that we had with the book was that the duck that you can push to squeak at the end was difficult to get to work. If you just push down on it, it does not squeak. After playing with it we figured out that if you tap it short, fast, and hard with the tip of your finger it works very well.