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Award-winning author/illustrator Nancy Tafuri presents a charming bedtime companion to her classic Caldecott Honor winner HAVE YOU SEEN MY DUCKLING?. The sun is setting and it's time for Mama to lead her youngsters home. One dawdling duckling falls behind, drawn to the pond creatures who call, "Goodnight, Little Duckling!" as he paddles by. Soon, Mama and the other duckling Award-winning author/illustrator Nancy Tafuri presents a charming bedtime companion to her classic Caldecott Honor winner HAVE YOU SEEN MY DUCKLING?. The sun is setting and it's time for Mama to lead her youngsters home. One dawdling duckling falls behind, drawn to the pond creatures who call, "Goodnight, Little Duckling!" as he paddles by. Soon, Mama and the other ducklings are all out of sight, but there's no need for alarm. One special turtle is waiting to carry the little duckling back to Mama's nest. In this fresh companion to her classic Caldecott Honor winner HAVE YOU SEEN MY DUCKLING?, Nancy Tafuri's beautifully detailed watercolors and spare text once again capture the tender feelings and joyful wonder of childhood.


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Award-winning author/illustrator Nancy Tafuri presents a charming bedtime companion to her classic Caldecott Honor winner HAVE YOU SEEN MY DUCKLING?. The sun is setting and it's time for Mama to lead her youngsters home. One dawdling duckling falls behind, drawn to the pond creatures who call, "Goodnight, Little Duckling!" as he paddles by. Soon, Mama and the other duckling Award-winning author/illustrator Nancy Tafuri presents a charming bedtime companion to her classic Caldecott Honor winner HAVE YOU SEEN MY DUCKLING?. The sun is setting and it's time for Mama to lead her youngsters home. One dawdling duckling falls behind, drawn to the pond creatures who call, "Goodnight, Little Duckling!" as he paddles by. Soon, Mama and the other ducklings are all out of sight, but there's no need for alarm. One special turtle is waiting to carry the little duckling back to Mama's nest. In this fresh companion to her classic Caldecott Honor winner HAVE YOU SEEN MY DUCKLING?, Nancy Tafuri's beautifully detailed watercolors and spare text once again capture the tender feelings and joyful wonder of childhood.

50 review for Goodnight, My Duckling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Once of the first books I bought for my son, before he was even born, was Nancy Tafuri's I Love You, Little One. I started reading it to him when he was only a few weeks old, and now that he is almost four-and-a-half, we still read it. I picked up I Love You, Little One because of the wonderful cover art. I picked up Goodnight, my Duckling for the same reason. The text in Goodnight, My Duckling is simple enough for my son to read on his own, and it is charming enough that he wants to read it. Tho Once of the first books I bought for my son, before he was even born, was Nancy Tafuri's I Love You, Little One. I started reading it to him when he was only a few weeks old, and now that he is almost four-and-a-half, we still read it. I picked up I Love You, Little One because of the wonderful cover art. I picked up Goodnight, my Duckling for the same reason. The text in Goodnight, My Duckling is simple enough for my son to read on his own, and it is charming enough that he wants to read it. Those two qualities made this book perfect for young beginning readers. Nancy Tafuri's illustrative style is a wonder. She renders her artwork so accurately that it is even very young children have no trouble recognizing the animal (or plant or object) she has drawn, but in a way that is infused with such sweetness and loveliness.

  2. 4 out of 5

    KC

    A classic story by writer/illustrator Nancy Tafuri about a mamma duck and her ducklings preparing for bedtime.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    Our most recent obsession. We checked this book out from the library a couple of weeks ago and basically have it memorized now. A mommy duck and her ducklings are going home at night to go to sleep. One little duckling starts to fall behind because he/she is looking around and checking things out. Eventually, the little duckling is lost and sad. A nice turtle (that is lurking behind the entire time - a little stalkerish) offers to help and takes the baby duckling to his/her mom. At the end all o Our most recent obsession. We checked this book out from the library a couple of weeks ago and basically have it memorized now. A mommy duck and her ducklings are going home at night to go to sleep. One little duckling starts to fall behind because he/she is looking around and checking things out. Eventually, the little duckling is lost and sad. A nice turtle (that is lurking behind the entire time - a little stalkerish) offers to help and takes the baby duckling to his/her mom. At the end all of the ducklings are cuddled up sleeping happily with their mommy duck. Matthew loves it because of the cuddling at the end of the story. We have to cuddle when we read it and at the end he always turns to me and says "You're a duckling mommy" and "we are cuddling in a nest." It has started to creep into the rest of the day as well. We were at a doctor's appointment last week and he was not happy being there so he turned to me and said "cuddle like a duckling mommy." Well, who is going to say no to that!! I am more than happy to keep reading the book to him and be a duckling so that I can get some more cuddles in :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    A mother duck announces it is time for bed, and one little duckling wonders off across the pond. All of the pond animals say good night to the wandering duckling. Finally, turtle asks the duckling if it is lost, and takes the duckling home to its family. Once the lost duckling is home safe, the whole duckling family falls asleep for the evening. The beautiful illustrations are done in great detail. The illustrations are done with watercolor. The ducklings and other animals have very sweet frien A mother duck announces it is time for bed, and one little duckling wonders off across the pond. All of the pond animals say good night to the wandering duckling. Finally, turtle asks the duckling if it is lost, and takes the duckling home to its family. Once the lost duckling is home safe, the whole duckling family falls asleep for the evening. The beautiful illustrations are done in great detail. The illustrations are done with watercolor. The ducklings and other animals have very sweet friendly looks about them. Children will enjoy the pleasing illustrations. This book is best suited for reading to an individual child before bedtime. The words and phrases are short and sweet. This story will sooth the child to sleep.

  5. 4 out of 5

    jacky

    This was a play group story today. I didn't hear or see all of it because Natalie decided to get up and go back to playing, but I liked what I did see and hear. It appears to be a traditional good night book as the ducklings head home to their mother and are said good night to by various animals in different ways. The illustrations are mostly realistic and have lots of fine details. Heard the rest of the story today at play group. I liked the variation this book takes near the end. The duckling This was a play group story today. I didn't hear or see all of it because Natalie decided to get up and go back to playing, but I liked what I did see and hear. It appears to be a traditional good night book as the ducklings head home to their mother and are said good night to by various animals in different ways. The illustrations are mostly realistic and have lots of fine details. Heard the rest of the story today at play group. I liked the variation this book takes near the end. The duckling slowly gets left behind as it sees the other animals, and then a turtle helps it back home.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This book was super short, but it would be good to read to a very young child. The pictures are large and colorful, and there are many animals introduced in the pictures, which could spark lots of dialogic reading. One little duckling gets lost, but luckily there are lots of friends around to help guide the way home.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    A gift for H. from sarah, this has become one of The Boy's favorite bedtime stories. And I can see why. It's straightforward, has the right amount of suspense, and a quick resolution with a clear hero. Literarily astute parents will also notice the obvious Chekhov's gun in our hero, The Turtle. A clear winner. A gift for H. from sarah, this has become one of The Boy's favorite bedtime stories. And I can see why. It's straightforward, has the right amount of suspense, and a quick resolution with a clear hero. Literarily astute parents will also notice the obvious Chekhov's gun in our hero, The Turtle. A clear winner.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Drew Graham

    A duckling takes his time following his family when it's time for bed, and soon he might need some help catching up. This is another simple and sweet story about keeping up and staying safe (and again involving a duckling!). It has soothing illustrations more on the side of realism and makes you wonder how many times one book can repeat the word "duckling". A duckling takes his time following his family when it's time for bed, and soon he might need some help catching up. This is another simple and sweet story about keeping up and staying safe (and again involving a duckling!). It has soothing illustrations more on the side of realism and makes you wonder how many times one book can repeat the word "duckling".

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This is a simple book for younger children to read and comprehend. It tells a short story of a duckling that cannot find its way home for bed. It gets the help of friends and sets a good moral for young readers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    You can just about share this book using the illustrations only-they are fantastic, beautifully done and there is much to look at without be crowded or overwhelming. It's nature shown at its best. The text has short simple sentences. You can just about share this book using the illustrations only-they are fantastic, beautifully done and there is much to look at without be crowded or overwhelming. It's nature shown at its best. The text has short simple sentences.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    I’m sorting through my picture books to make more room and found this one. The simple story is soothing and perfect for bedtime, and although I personally find the illustrations a little bland, there is absolutely nothing wrong with them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    A sweet and simple story about a duckling swimming home for the night. A number of animals say good night along the way. Tafuri's illustrations are perfect, as always. Well suited to toddler times. A sweet and simple story about a duckling swimming home for the night. A number of animals say good night along the way. Tafuri's illustrations are perfect, as always. Well suited to toddler times.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Charity

    Sarah loved this one and giggled every time she saw the ducky riding the helpful turtle.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Wonderful story. My two year old was so worried, then relieved as the story happily ended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    Adorable option for bedtime storytime for toddlers...little text, bold and bright illustrations with a gentle flow.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Polly

    Very sweet. And how many books contain a realistic picture of a porcupine?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gina Marie Valdez

    I absolutely loved reading this book to Carter before bedtime tonight! He loved it too! :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Literacy skills: Print motivation-this calming bedtime story is a favorite for children.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I read this 4-5 times a day. Boston just walks aorund with it saying "duckckckck" I read this 4-5 times a day. Boston just walks aorund with it saying "duckckckck"

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meg McGregor

    One of the most beautiful bedtime stories. What child does not love ducklings? Simple text and breathtaking illustrations will lull your little one to sleep!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    The illustrations are even more vibrant and beautiful in this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    J

    I didn't know that there was a second book similar to the original classic. As a result my sister allowed me to read a copy as much as you can read picture books. I do love the first one while this can either be an extension of it or a follow-up, which is why I am a bit disappointed with it. I don't like books or anything that somewhat piggyback on others to get success and although formulas are nice they get tiresome after a while to follow behind. As a result this book does mostly contain the I didn't know that there was a second book similar to the original classic. As a result my sister allowed me to read a copy as much as you can read picture books. I do love the first one while this can either be an extension of it or a follow-up, which is why I am a bit disappointed with it. I don't like books or anything that somewhat piggyback on others to get success and although formulas are nice they get tiresome after a while to follow behind. As a result this book does mostly contain the same characters from the first book along with a few new faces. As such some of the characters may seem off but they have some general type of history when the books are combined. Strangely enough the grebe mother and her family do seem a bit different than their last appearance, which was a disappointment as they were my faves. The same lack of words can be found in this one and the ones included are the ones repeated throughout. As a result the reader is actually invited into the pond with two-page scenes that require the reader to look further into the story as more is being told than what can be seen in the forefront. Otherwise it is a nice and sweet bedtime story that will invite older and younger readers to enjoy their bedtime rituals together or to make some if there are none existing at this time.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Swartz

  24. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

  25. 4 out of 5

    MS

  26. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Osborne

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  29. 5 out of 5

    Summer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

  31. 4 out of 5

    Kathrine

  32. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  33. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

  34. 5 out of 5

    Community District Library

  35. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  36. 5 out of 5

    Machim

  37. 5 out of 5

    Randie D. Camp, M.S.

  38. 4 out of 5

    Marcie

  39. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Tafuri

  40. 5 out of 5

    Dak

  41. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle Barnette

  42. 5 out of 5

    Volunteer Library

  43. 4 out of 5

    Janine Weston

  44. 5 out of 5

    Storytime Elizabeth

  45. 4 out of 5

    Hope4flowers

  46. 5 out of 5

    C.

  47. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

  48. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

  49. 4 out of 5

    Becky

  50. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Cobb

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