Even in urban centers such as Oakland, there are ducks in nearby parks, lakes, and other areas that are visited by preschoolers. For a craft project on this familiar animal, make these duck finger puppets seen here. Use them to sing the fingerplay “Five Little Ducks.”
App: Barnyard Dance, by Sandra Boynton, Loudcrow Interactive.
Alborough, Jez. SIX LITTLE CHICKS. Rhyme and repetition describe a mother hen and her chicks outwitting a fox.
Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta. DUCK, DUCK, MOOSE! Using only the words in the title, which the listeners will call out, ducks prepare for a birthday party.
Bramsen, Carin. HEY, DUCK! A duckling tries to befriend a cat.
Bunting, Eve. HAVE YOU SEEN MY NEW BLUE SOCKS? The audience will call out the repeated title phrase, and look for the socks, in this delightful rhyming story.
Hills, Tad. DUCK & GOOSE GO TO THE BEACH. This odd couple of friends debates the merits of staying at the beach.
Himmelman, John. DUCK TO THE RESCUE. Duck tries to help but ends up in need of rescuing.
Hudson, Katy. BEAR AND DUCK. Tired of being a bear, Bear sets off to learn to be a duck.
Ives, Penny. FIVE LITTLE DUCKS. Die-cut pages help to tell the story of this classic song.
John, Jory. GOODNIGHT ALREADY! Bear can’t sleep due to noisy neighbor duck.
Kohuth, Jane. DUCK SOCK HOP. Get your listeners on their feet to reenact the motions described in this tongue-twisting story.
McCully, Emily Arnold. LITTLE DUCKS GO. Rhyme and repetition highlight this tale of a mother duck rescuing her ducklings from a storm drain.
Moore, Eva. LUCKY DUCKLINGS. Based on a true story, this charming tale describes how the townspeople rescued ducklings from a storm drain.
Waddell, Martin. FARMER DUCK. Only the duck does the work on this farm populated with lazy animals.