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Duck, Apple, Egg – Glenda Millard/Martina Heiduczek

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Harper Collins Australia

February 2020

  • ISBN: 9780733340185
  • ISBN 10: 0733340180
  • Imprint: ABC Books – AU
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD

Another perfect accompaniment to being at home and enjoying simpler pleasures, this is just delightful in its simplicity and charm as a little person plays in the garden.

Duck on the green,
sun in the sky,
egg in the nest,
apple on the tree,
and me.

Most well-suited to the very young this will be a great starter to exploring their own gardens which may not have a resident duck or an apple tree but will be sure to hold many amazing discoveries when examined at leisure.

For children a little older and in prep there is potential to explore key concepts such as prepositions and of course to share about imaginative play and nature around them.  I can already envisage a lovely classroom wall mural which could echo the illustrations and be filled with children’s personal garden discoveries.

From toddlers upwards to around five or six years old, this makes a lovely and timely addition to your store of great books for nature exploration.

Click to access Duck-Apple-Egg-Teachers-Notes.pdf

Flashback Friday: The Story About Ping – Marjorie Flack/Kurt Wiese

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Click on the cover to watch an animated reading.

First published in 1933, The Story About Ping has remained a perennial favourite all around the world. Marjorie Flack’s story about a little domesticated duck who becomes lost on the Yangtze River was colourfully illustrated by Kurt Wiese.

Every day Ping and his very large family are allowed onto the banks of the river to nibble grass and every evening they are herded back onto their master’s boat. Ping knows that the last duck in the line each evening will get a little spank from the master so one day when he realises how late it is, he hides away to avoid the punishment.

Next morning the master’s wise-eyed boat has gone away and Ping is alone on the river. He meets some dark cormorants who are trained to fish for their master, he is captured by a little boy and it looks like duck will be on the menu for dinner! Luckily Ping manages to escape with the little boy’s help. After another lonely night Ping is most relieved to see the wise-eyed boat and his family all waddling up the narrow plank. He knows he will be the last duck in line but this time he knows that the spank is not so terrible after all!

I know that children with whom I have shared this story over the years have all loved which shows that a great classic picture book is an enduring treasure. My mum is 88 and still remembers it from her childhood!  It’s time I bought another copy to share with my grandchildren.

Highly recommended for children aged 5 and up.

The Book It Program has some activities to accompany the book.