Have You Seen My Duckling?

Bibliographic Information: Tafuri, Nancy, and Nancy Tafuri. Have You Seen My Duckling?New York: Greenwillow Books, 1984. Print.

Brief Annotation: This nearly-wordless tale shows us the journey of a mother duck taking her babies on a search for one missing duckling.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Children who like animals; children who like reading pictures; children who like guessing.

Rating/Response: 4 – This book is really simple and has very clear yet detailed illustrations. Fantastic for early readers just getting into comprehension strategies.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: How do you think mother ducks keep track of their ducklings? What do you think happens if one wanders off?

Reading Strategy: Inferences, Science

Rationale for Strategy: Since the book lacks a narrative and only has minimal text, it’s a great introduction to making inferences by “reading”  the illustrations. Students can guess what’s happening and what is about to happen based on what they see in the illustrations, and have a conversation about it. This would also be a good book to tie in with early science lessons about habitats – you could ask students to infer what kinds of other animals the mother duck would find based on the habitat they’re in (a pond).

Posted by: Caitlin Miller


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