Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3

Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3

Tad Hills
Board book  Series
For infants to age 3
Random House, 2008   ISBN: 978-0375856211

Learning new things can be fun, if you go about it in the right way. Luckily for little children, Duck, Goose, and their friends are here to help make the learning process enjoyable.

In this book, Duck, Goose and the other young birds are going to help us learn our numbers. Being helpful animals they come up with creative ways to keep us interested. For example, on the page for the number four, they perform some gymnastics for us, which is pretty funny to see. For the number seven, we are shown seven berries on a bush, and we see that Goose and another bird friend have been eating some of the berries. A rather annoyed looking Duck is looking at their berry-stained tummies and beaks. Later, for the letter nine, we see nine footprints that are leading to a bush. Goose is wondering who is responsible for the footprints.

Though the art and text in this book are very minimal, they are still very engaging, and often amusing. Tad Hills gives his characters wonderful expressions and poses, and little children and their grownups will find it hard not to smile when they see how Duck and Goose teach.