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Little White Duck    by Walt Whippo & Joan Paley order for
Little White Duck
by Walt Whippo
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2005 (2000)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In this Board Book version of the folksong, Little White Duck, the energy of Walt Whippo's lyrics and a touch of whimsy in Joan Paley's boldly patterned aquatic illustrations, keep the reader engaged and singing along (if only mentally).

The narrator is a little brown mouse on a branch overhanging the water. He opens, There's a little white duck sitting in the water, / A little white duck doing what he oughter.' It turns out that all the critters who star in this sing-a-long story are doing what they 'oughter', that is following their natures. The happy little duck nibbles on a lily pad, making the 'little green frog' leap off into the water, where she's tickled by the 'little black bug'. Then the 'little red snake' shows up, and he does what he 'oughter' too.

Kids will enjoy mimicking the sound effects, from 'QUACK! QUACK QUACK' all the way to 'BOO! HOO! HOO!', and it's very hard to get the phrase 'doing what he oughter' out of your head. Enjoy reading, singing and yelling Little White Duck along with children; it's a board book they'll demand often.

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