Our story begins when a box of rubber ducks falls off a cargo ship-a real event that inspired this renowned author/illustrator to imagine their individual fates: "The 3rd little rubber duck drifts north. A polar bear growls at it. The 4th little rubber duck drifts south. A flamingo stares at it." In a heartwarming twist, a family of real ducks adopts the 10th rubber duck, who happily replies to their quacks with a "squeak" made audible by a push button on the last page. Carle's sunny, signature tissue-paper collages offer gorgeous depictions of sea creatures, and his well-chosen words teach counting and directional concepts too. (ages 2 to 4)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
Inspired by a 2003 newspaper story about a shipment of yellow rubber ducks that fell overboard from a container ship, this winsome story pairs Carle's (Mister Seahorse) characteristically jewel-toned collage art with a breezy text whose intermittent repetition lends it a song-like cadence. After little yellow rubber ducks pop out of "the rubber duck machine," their beaks and eyes receive dabs of paint, and the toys are packed 10 to a box and loaded onto a cargo ship. When a wave washes one box into the sea, its contents fall out ("10 ducks overboard!" the ship's captain theatrically announces). As the ducks drift in different directions, the counting and ecological aspects of the tale emerge; one by one the toys encounter a critter from various ocean habitats. Carle's jaunty renderings of these creatures and use of crisp verbs make this a lively journey: a dolphin jumps over the first duck, a pelican chatters at the fifth, a whale sings to the ninth. Full-page collage images give way to full-spread compositions as the 10th rubber duck meets with the most satisfying fate (it encounters a real mother duck and her nine ducklings). While mother and babies "Quack" goodnight to the moon, the new addition chimes in with a chipper "Squeak!" (a sound chip allows readers to hear it for themselves). A ducky tale indeed, as sublimely simple and endearing as the playthings it portrays. Ages 2-6. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The venerable Eric Carle based his latest book on a 2003 news report about the true adventures of a 1992 shipment of bathtub toys lost overboard from a container ship. From this true-life story he has created a charming counting book about rubber ducks. Youngsters can watch rubber ducks created, painted, packed, and shipped. When a storm sets them free, one-by-one they set off for their personal voyages. A dolphin, a seal, a polar bear, and a pelicancreatures of the sea and sky colorfully interact with the ducks. All ducks float on. Until the tenthhe has the fortune to find a real duck family. As they settle in for the night, quacks and a final squeak suggest the comfort of a home found. The battery-operated squeaker on the last page can be pressed by little fingers, and when they press it too often, its battery, hidden in the binding, may be replaced. Carle's narrative is simple, but his melange of collage and vivid acrylic strokes is as evocative as ever. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
The venerable Eric Carle based his latest book on a 2003 news report about the true adventures of a 1992 shipment of bathtub toys that was lost overboard from a container ship. From this real-life story, he has created a charming counting book about rubber ducks. Youngsters can watch rubber ducks as they are created, painted, packed, and shipped. When a storm sets them free, one-by-one they set off on their personal voyages. A dolphin, a seal, a polar bear, and a pelicancreatures of the sea and skycolorfully interact with the ducks. All of the ducks float on. Then the tenth duck has the good fortune to find a real duck family. As they settle in for the night, quacks and a final squeak suggest the comfort of a home found. The squeaker on the last page can be pressed by little fingers, but it must be pushed in just the right place to emit a sound. This new board book version is just right for smaller hands, but the small font is definitely meant to be read by an adult. Once read, the book can be enjoyed for its illustrations, which clearly tell the story. Carle's narrative is simple, but his melange of collage and vivid acrylic strokes is as evocative as ever. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
Ten rubber ducks are packed in a box and tied to a boat. A storm blows up on their trip across the ocean, spills them out, and they drift in different directions. One encounters a dolphin, another meets up with a seal, and so on. The tenth rubber toy runs into a family of wild ducks and they all nestle down under a friendly moon. Laura Ingalls Wilder Award-recipient and perennial favorite Carle revisits the counting-book format with his unmistakable blocky, painted collages. All of his well-known components are present: a list of animals-many of them recognizable from earlier works-repeated words and phrases, bright friendly art on lots of white background, and a noisemaker at the end. He offers his take on the 1992 news story that inspired Eve Bunting and David Wisniewski to create Ducky (1997). While not Carle's best work, it still has those saturated colors that have such appeal. Audiences of one or many will enjoy it, especially if they get to press the duck and make him squeak. (Picture book. 2-5)