One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Ducky Counting Book
One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Ducky Counting Book
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Annotation: In this counting book, increasingly larger groups of animals try to help a duck that is stuck in the sleepy, slimy marsh.
Catalog Number: #24940
Format: Perma-Bound Big Book
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Special Formats: Big Book Big Book
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 2008
Illustrator: Chapman, Jane,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-3817-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-3817-7
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 40 x 46 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
One duck gets stuck in the muck, down by the deep green marsh, and two fish, tails going swish, try unsuccessfully to help. So do three moose, four crickets, and so on, until all the animals team up to successfully liberate the duck. Perfect for reading aloud, this counting book not only contains bright bold illustrations but also has lots of clomp, clomp and splish, splish, as well as other sound effects that children will love to replicate. In addition, little ones will quickly recognize the refrain on each double spread and chime in. This book is great fun and sure to become an instant favorite among the toddler crowd. (Reviewed April 1, 1998)
Horn Book
A rhythmic, repetitive text follows the efforts of one stuck duck as two fish, three moose, and so on up to ten dragonflies try to free the duck. When all help together, the duck comes free of the muck. The language is playful and rich in onomatopoeia, and the colorful gouache paintings are humorous.
Publishers Weekly

When a duck gets stuck, different groups of marshland creatures, from two fish to 10 dragonflies, offer to help. "Readers will be enchanted by the vibrant pictures and the immensely satisfying sounds and rhythms of the text," said PW. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1--This colorful counting book tells the tale of a poor duck that has one foot "stuck in the muck." In quick succession, groups of different animals try to set the victim free-two fish, three moose, four crickets, etc. None of the creatures is successful until they all work together and the beleaguered bird is finally able to fly away. Bold, playful, gouache paintings featuring bright rich colors show the bird's plight. The duck's frustration, surprise, and ultimate delight are evident in the expressive artwork. Unfortunately, the repetitive narrative is not as effective. The sentences are long and the rhyme is sometimes forced ("Nine snakes/leaving little wakes/slither to the duck./Slink, slink"). Still, a skilled reader may be able to transform this into a rollicking read-aloud and the illustrations will carry well in a group setting. Children will be eager to repeat the chant, "Help! Help! Who can help?"--Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
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Word Count: 386
Reading Level: 1.4
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 59438 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 210L
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L

"Perfect for reading aloud, this counting book has lots of sound effects that children will love to replicate. . . . Great fun." — Booklist

One duck is stuck in the muck. Can two fish, tails going swish, help? What about three moose, munching on spruce? Will four crickets, chirping in the thickets, manage to pull the unlucky duck out of the muck? Bright, spirited illustrations by Jane Chapman enhance this one-of-a-kind counting tale by Phyllis Root — a feast of sounds and numbers sure to have listeners scrambling to join in the slippy, sloppy fun.

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