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Little Quack's Hide and Seek Reviews

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From Publishers Weekly
New additions feature springtime heroes. The star of Little Quack is back with Mama Duck and his four duckling siblings in Little Quack's Hide and Seek by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Derek Anderson. Mama is "It" as they all scramble to find the best hiding place in Anderson's lush pastel landscapes-and young readers learn the concept of subtraction. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.


From Kirkus Reviews
A mother duck and her quintet of ducklings play a rousing game of hide-and-seek in this playful counting tale. As Mama counts from one to ten, her fluffy offspring scatter to their secret spots. Little Quack panics when Mama's count-off approaches "ten" and he bolts for the handiest spot-choosing to hide in plain sight-just behind her. An ingenuous "Quack-u-Lator" provides readers with a visual reinforcement of Mama's duckling countdown. Occupying a wide band on the bottom of several pages, a combination of duckling icons and a minus sign offers a numerical answer-the written word is on the facing page. While Mama paddles around in search of her offspring, she keeps a verbal tally of the number of ducklings discovered, but here there is no accompanying "Quack-u-Lator," unfortunately. But this is a sprightly tale to share even with or without the attendant math overtures since Anderson supplies acrylic paintings rendered in deep jewel tones, with full-bleed pages resplendent in rich sapphire blues and verdant greens. Cuddlesome ducklings add instant eye-appeal while the predictable rhythms of the tale are satisfying for small fry. (Picture book. 2-6)