Ducks Don’t Wear Socks
John Nedwidek
Viking Juvenile (2008)
ISBN 9780670061365
Reviewed by Cayden (age 3.5), Max (age 19-months) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (4/08)

“Ducks Don’t Wear Socks” is about a serious girl named Emily who keeps encountering a duck wearing strange things like socks, boots, and a hat.  Duck teaches Emily that it is okay to be silly sometimes instead of being serious all of the time.

Cayden:  “What does ‘serious’ mean?”

Cayden:  “Why is he wearing socks?  Ducks don’t wear socks!  They swim in water.”

Max:  “Socks!”

Cayden:  “The duck is going to work?”

Cayden:  “The duck is going to plow a field?”

Max:  “Boots!”

Cayden:  “Yes Max, the duck is wearing boots.”

Cayden:  “Look!  There is a policeman- is the duck going to jail?”

Max:  “Police.”

Cayden:  “The duck is wearing underwear!  That is silly!”

Cayden:  “Now Emily is being funny too!  She is dressed up like a duck!”

Parent’s comments:
“Ducks Don’t Wear Socks” is a silly book that teaches children that even though it is okay to be serious, it is still important to have fun and laugh sometimes.  My children both thought that it was hilarious that a duck was wearing all of these different articles of clothing.  The illustrations are very entertaining as they show the duck engaged in a lot of non-traditional duck activities.  The text is great and the humor will have your children laughing out loud!

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