Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

It's Useful to Have a Duck

It's Useful to Have a Duck

Novelty Book
for ages 5 to 7
Groundwood Books, 2009   ISBN: 0888999275

A boy finds a toy duck, and he soon finds that there are lots of things that he can do with his new toy. He can ride it "like a rocking horse," he can wear the duck on his head like a hat, and he can "use him for a nose." Who knew that a rubber duck was so versatile? What the boy does not know is that the duck has his own ideas about the boy.

This unique novelty book can be read in two ways. You can see things from the boy's point of view, and then, if you flip the book over, you can read the story as written by the duck. Children will enjoy the way in which the story has two different sides, and their grownups will appreciate the fact that this tale emphasizes the fact that every story has more than one point of view.