Carl and the Baby Duck

K-Gr 2—Day's Good Dog, Carl (Green Tiger Press, 1985) is a classic, nearly wordless picture book about a lovable Rottweiler charged with minding the baby. In this spin-off, the easy, repetitive text is supported by colorful illustrations that provide context clues as Carl searches for a missing baby duck in several locations. Children will enjoy this next level of reading about a familiar character.—Nicole Waskie-Laura, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY
Both books begin: "One of Carl's friends needs help. Who can it be?" Simple stories starring the beloved rottweiler follow. In Baby Duck, Carl helps locate a stray duckling; in Puppies, Carl dog-sits three active pups. Large print, controlled vocabulary, simple sentences and story arcs, supportive pictures, and plentiful white space make these a good choice for the newest readers. Review covers these My Readers title: Carl and the Baby Duck and Carl and the Puppies.

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