Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

Five Little Ducks, a Singable Picture Book (and a Useful Tune)

Posted on: July 23, 2012

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5 Little Ducks
Traditional Words and Tune
Sing to the tune of FIVE LITTLE DUCKS
Words Adapted by Denise Fleming
Illustrated by Denise Fleming

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Five Little Ducks (Raffi Songs to Read)

Traditional Tune
Traditional words
Illustrated by Ariane Dewey

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Five Little Ducks (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Penny Ives
(This book comes in a bunch of editions…some are smaller format paperbacks packaged with a 2-track vocal and sing-along CD, some come in HUGE format boardbook, or large format paper back.  Whichever format you choose, this one is cute and fun to sing with the little ones and the tune and lyrics have been adapted for other songs.  So once you learned this one, you’re on your way to knowing a host of others, too.)

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Five Little Ducks
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

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Five Little Ducks
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Debbie Tarbett

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Five Little Ducks
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Ivan Bates

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Singable Picture Books that use the tune for “Five Little Ducks,” 

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Hey, Little Ant
Sing to the Tune of “Five Little Ducks
Words by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
Illustrated by Debbie Tilley

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Five Little Gefiltes

Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of “Five Little Ducks”)
Words Adapted by Dave Horowitz
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz

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One Drowsy Dragon
Sing to the tune of “Five Little Ducks
Words by Ethan Long
Illustrated by Ethan Long

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One Elephant Went Out to Play (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Words and Tune (Sing to the tune of “Five Little Ducks”)
Illustrated by Sanja Rescek
(This book features a printing of the song’s simple melody, a paragraph on the helpful use of this type of book for emergent readers, and a page of activity ideas using the book and song)

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Google Image search for “Five Little Ducks” produces a page of info filled with printables and activities.
Just click the link above or head on over to Google.com

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“Five Little Ducks” printable stick puppets, here:
http://picklebums.com/2011/06/14/five-little-ducks-puppet-printable/

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Enchanted Learning page for “Five Little Ducks”
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/rhymes/Ducks.shtml

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National Institute for Environmental Health page for “Five Little Ducks”
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/childrens/5ducksmid.htm

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Kiddidles page for “Five Little Ducks”
http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/f005.html

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A video with, what I gather is, the tune used for singing this song in the UK.
A sweet tune and arrangement and, thankfully, not cheesy at all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOWt5un1-Ts

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Here’s the tune, sung by “Trout Fishing in America,” that I learned

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAbr0yfJG2o

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FIVE LITTLE DUCKS
Traditional Words and Music

Five little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only three little ducks came back.

Three little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only two little ducks came back.

Two little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only one little duck came back.

One little duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

No little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
The sad mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
Then all of the five little ducks came back.

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Related Posts

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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COUNTING

Counting (and math) in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/counting-and-math-in-singable-picture-books/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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CHILD’S PLAY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
Child’s Play and their Classic Books with Holes Series = a Treasure Trove of Great Songs and Sing-Along Arrangements
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/childs-play-and-thier-classic-books-with-holes-series-a-treasure-trove-of-great-songs-and-sing-along-arrengements/

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RAFFI
The Singable Picture Books of Raffi
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/the-singable-picture-books-of-raffi/

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