Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Duck Tents

Duck Tents

Lynne Berry
Illustrator:  Hiroe Nakata 
Picture Book
For ages 2 to 4
Henry Holt , 2009   ISBN: 978-0805086966

It is a sunny day and five little ducks at pitching five duck tents in a backyard. Happily they store their camping gear in their tents and they head for the fishing hole. Off they go wearing straw hats and carrying brand new fishing poles, chairs, mats, snacks and books.

At the fishing hole they bait their hooks and wait, and wait, and wait. Then, at last, one of the ducks gets a bite on his line. He yanks on his pole trying to land his catch, without much success. Soon he is joined by the others. “Five ducks heave and five ducks haul,” but in the end this is a battle the ducks cannot win, and the fish gets away, fishing pole and all. Are the ducks going to be discouraged by this setback?

This is the third book about five ducks who have some wonderful adventures together. Little children will enjoy seeing how they deal with their problems, and how they manage to have a great camping experience despite the obstacles they experience.

With charming watercolor and ink illustrations to compliment the rhyming text, this is a picture book that young readers are sure to enjoy.