The Resource 10 little rubber ducks, Eric Carle

10 little rubber ducks, Eric Carle

Label
10 little rubber ducks
Title
10 little rubber ducks
Statement of responsibility
Eric Carle
Title variation
Ten little rubber ducks
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A brand-new batch of rubber ducks is loaded onto a ship and sent off to be delivered to children everywhere. But when a storm strikes, 10 little ducks are tossed into the sea and swept away in 10 different directions -- with some wonderfully unexpected adventures along the way. Come ride the waves as legendary children's book author and illustrator Eric Carle explores numbers, directions, opposites, geography, animals, and more in an extraordinary interactive picture book beautifully illustrated with his unique collage-style art. And for a final surprise, the last page contains a duck with a squeaking sound chip for a special treat at the end of the story!
Member of
Illustration
Award
School Library Journal Best Books, 2005.
Review
  • PreS-Gr. 1. A ship loaded with boxes of rubber ducks is traveling across the sea when a storm blows up and dumps 10 of the toys into the water. The ducks bob along together for a while, but soon they drift in different directions, each encountering an animal, such as a dolphin, a seal, a polar bear, and a flamingo. The last little duck is adopted by a mother duck, floating along with her ducklings. When the real ducks end their day with a goodnight “quack,” the rubber duckie, aided by children who “press here” on the duck’s body, manages a squeak. The simple, appealing story is greatly enhanced by beautifully composed illustrations. From the distinctive use of negative space on the title page and the watery finger-paint effects in some ocean scenes to the rich combination of patterns on the final double-page spread, Carle uses cut-paper collage with a fine sense of freedom and artistry. -- Carolyn Phelan (BookList, 05-01-2005, p1589)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 1 –Carle takes an actual incident, when numerous bathtub toys fell off a container ship and floated to various places, and distills it to create a marvelous counting/concept adventure. The story opens at a factory where assembly-line workers are painting details onto bright yellow rubber ducks. The toys are then loaded onto a freighter destined for faraway countries. During a storm, 10 rubber ducks fall into the sea. Each one floats in a different direction–west, east, north, south, left, right, up, down, this way, and that way–and encounters a different animal (a dolphin, seal, polar bear, etc.). The 10th one meets a mother duck with her offspring and bobs along with them to their nest. The ducks all bid "Good night" to one another with a "Quack," while the newcomer says "Squeak!" (Children can press the page to hear a squeak.) Carle's signature cut-paper collages burst with color, texture, light, and motion, delighting the eye and bringing out the text's nuances. The ordinal numbers are shown in bold type that stands out from the narrative. More accessible to younger readers than Eve Bunting's Ducky (Clarion, 1997), this book makes a wonderful read-aloud for storytimes or one-on-one sharing. It's a definite 10.–Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH --Linda Staskus (Reviewed January 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 1, p88)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed January 24, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 4, p242)
  • 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) (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2005)
Awards note
Laura Ingalls Wilder award, 2003.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
132851
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Carle, Eric
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Interest age level : Ages 2-6
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.C21476
LC item number
Aah 2005
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
Reading level
  • 2.4.
  • 2.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The world of Eric Carle
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sound effects books
  • Toys
  • Ducks
  • Animals
  • Toys
  • Ducks
  • Animals
  • Sound effects books
  • Toy and movable books
  • Animals
  • Ducks
  • Sound effects books
  • Toys
Target audience
preschool
Label
10 little rubber ducks, Eric Carle
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocm54500722
Dimensions
31 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060740764
Lccn
2004001420
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780060740757
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)54500722
Label
10 little rubber ducks, Eric Carle
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocm54500722
Dimensions
31 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060740764
Lccn
2004001420
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780060740757
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)54500722

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