Friday, January 18, 2013

Picture Book Friday - Duck at the Door

Duck at the Door
by: Jackie Urbanovic
Scholastic 2007

Reading Level: Ages 4 and up
Great for read aloud.

Opening Lines:
It was a quiet night until . . . THUNK, CREAK, and KNOCK, KNOCK!
Someone is out there!

Irene's house is full of animals. One wintery night someone came knocking at their door. It was a DUCK! His name was Max and he had decided to not fly south with his flock because he thought he'd love winter. But he didn't! It was sooo cold.
Max stayed with Irene and her friends, but he had a lot to learn and by March he had made himself right at home. Too much at home! It was decided someone had to talk to Max.
But then Max's flock returned and he left. Life was ordinary again in Irene's house. Too normal! By October everyone was hoping for another knock at their door. And there was.
Max returned! But, uh-oh - he brought his entire flock with him.

This is such a cute story and I love the illustrations. Children will fall in love with Max.

I think the message here is to appreciate everyone in your life.

Resources: Click here to go to a great site about ducks. This site tells children all about ducks and there are additional links to coloring pages, worksheets and duck crafts.

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Posted by Janet F. Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch


  1. Janet this sounds like a fun story. A houseful of ducks presents fun and conflict rolled into one.

  2. Animal chaos is always a hit. Fun!

  3. Janet, I found this story delightful! What a fun read for young children. I especially love the ending. Nice choice.

  4. Urbanovic's illos are so fun - haven't read this one yet, so thanks!

  5. This looks great! I may have mentioned that I love it's right up my alley. :-)

  6. What a fun book! I love Max's face :)

  7. This book looks so cute and I love the message. :) Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sounds like an awesome book! My mom had a pet mallard when she was a little girl. I never saw pictures of it or anything, but they've always been my favorite ducks. I LOVE photographing mallards! :)

  9. Love that twist at the end and the pic of Max on the front cover.

  10. What a fun book...and I love the front cover. It's making me laugh before I've even opened the book!

  11. This looks very cute, Janet, thanks for sharing! I can only imagine how much havoc (and fun) resulted from Max showing up with the whole flock :)

  12. We've all had a guest who outstayed their welcome. What a great story, Janet! I love that when Duck comes back, he brings the rest of his flock.

  13. This sounds adorable. I pinned it to my books I want to read on Pinterest. Library, here I come!


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