Book Review: Ducky

Rating: ★★★★☆

In 1992, a crate of 29,000 rubber bathtub toys washed overboard off a ship bound from Hong Kong to Washington, USA.  Hundreds of toys have since been found in coastlands around the world, shedding light on our understanding of how currents, winds and tides interact.  This book traces the story of one bathtub toy from the time its crate boards the ship until it is found by a boy in Alaska.  The story draws young readers in by personifying the toy as if it is experiencing its journey as a sentient creature.  Caldecott Medal Winner David Wisniewski illustrates the story in cut-paper collage, skillfully rendering the dramatic power of the ocean without being too frightening.  This is an unusual story that may not appeal to every reader, but for those who prefer “real” stories or who are interested in science, it’s a sure winner.  It’s best suited for preschoolers and early elementary readers.

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Publication Information: Bunting, Eve. Ducky. Wisniewski, David (Illustrator). Clarion. 1997. ISBN: 061843240X.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on January 14, 2012


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