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Duck and Goose Go to the Beach

Duck and Goose Go to the Beach

Tad Hills
Picture Book  Series
For ages 4 to 6
Random Hosue, 2014   ISBN: 978-0385372350
One sunny morning Duck and Goose are enjoying the sun and agreeing that they both love the place where they live. Goose feels that they should never leave their beautiful home, and then Duck announces that they should “leave,” that they should “go away!” Goose is very confused, and he does not like the idea of going away at all. Goose doesn’t like trips, or adventures, and he even objects to hikes.
   In spite of Goose’s objections Duck starts walking. Goose reluctantly follows, all the while talking about why their home is perfect. He does not understand why they are leaving a place that they love and where they are happy.
   Goose and Duck float down a stream they have never seen and see an enormous tree. Together they cross fields and go up and down hills until they end up at the top of the highest hill. From their vantage spot they see something on the horizon, something big and blue. Goose suggests that the blue thing might indicate the presence of a beach, and Duck decides that he will love the beach. Not wasting any time, he heads off to find out what a beach is like. When they get to the beach the two little birds find out that the beach is full of surprises.
   In this wonderful and often sweetly funny book, children will see how a little adventure can sometimes turn into a big one. It is delightful to see how Duck and Goose react when they experience a beach for the first time. It would appear that sometimes a new place or a new experience can change a person (or a bird) in interesting ways.
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