Ducks Away

Ages: 3 - 5Publisher: Scholastic Author: Mem FoxIllustrator: Judy Horacek


Inexplicably, a mother duck decides to use the bridge, rather than swim, to cross the river. As ducklings do, they follow their mother. One duckling becomes two, then three, then four. When number five follows the trail of ducklings onto the bridge, a gust of wind blows one duckling into the river below. Now, Mother Duck has a problem to solve.

In Mem Fox’s delightful story, the smallest child will enjoy learning to count. Judy Horacek depicts stylized ducks drawn in black ink, colored in primary colors, judiciously using white space so the reader—preferably sitting in a lap— can easily follow and enjoy the action.

Kemie Nix ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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