Duck to the Rescue

illus. by author. 32p. Holt. Feb. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780805094855. LC 2012027681.
PreS-Gr 1—In the fourth visit to the Greenstalk farm, the well-meaning but terribly clumsy Ernie the Duck makes a mess more often than he succeeds in "rescuing" his farm friends. When Ernie tries to help Farmer Greenstalk get the pumpkins to market, they end up in bits and pieces, fit only for pie. The theme continues as the duck attempts, but fails, to properly look after a neighbor's young chicks. In a spread that will invite giggles, the chicks have conquered their hapless babysitter, brandishing wooden swords in a rousing pirate reenactment. Ernie utterly fails as an effective scarecrow in the cornfield, and doesn't make a good soccer player, either. Finally, it is a young lamb that finds a way to thank the frenetic fowl for his valiant, if misplaced, acts of kindness. Brief text, simple sentences, and the repetitive cry, "Duck to the rescue!" frame pencil and watercolor cartoon illustrations. A supplemental purchase for libraries with young fans of the Greenstalk animals.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
If Farmer Greenstalk needs someone to take the pumpkins to market, if the hens need a babysitter for their chicks, if the Greenstalks need a new scarecrow, it's "Duck to the rescue!" The text is spry, and lively pencil and watercolor illustrations show the humorously disastrous consequences of Duck's efforts.

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