Chicken Chicken Duck by Nadia Krilanovich

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In a simple rhythm and using bright and realistic paintings of animals, Nadia Krilanovich introduces animal and their sounds to the young reader in Chicken Chicken Duck (Tricycle Press, 2011). The animals are all stacked on top of each other in silly ways, and they are also painted on a plain white background, which is just perfect for this simple words book. White space gives the realistic paintings plenty of breathing space.

Each series of animals ends with a loud QUACK, a favorite sound for a toddler and preschooler to make in a really loud voice. My son (age 3 and a half) and I read this over and over and OVER again on the first day. He loves being able to “read” it himself, the rhythm is fun, and the “Quacks” are the best. The only complaint is it’s too short: just one more page illustrating a big animal mess would have been lots of fun. As it was, it’s certainly one to remain in the frequent reading rotation for the foreseeable future.

Kid Review

A conversation with my three-and-a-half-year-old son about Chicken Chicken Duck

Reviewed on June 11, 2011

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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