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5 Little Ducks (illustrated by Denise Fleming)

Posted on: February 26, 2017

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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

When it comes to traditional songs in the public domain, I usually pass them up these days, unless they have something particularly interesting to contribute. I stumbled on this illustration of the classic song and especially loved it for a few reasons.

The very first thing I noticed about this rendition of 5 LITTLE DUCKS are the pictures.  They are beautiful and unique. I love the color palate she has chosen and the marvelous textures. And I love the scenes of life out in the country that includes woods, farm, pond.  In addition, the ducks make the acquaintance of some animal friends one does not often meet in picture books, including flying squirrels and wild turkeys.  The last couple pages of the book gives a paragraph of interesting information about many of the friends the ducks make while out on their adventures.

It’s great that Denise Fleming prints the NUMBER of ducks and doesn’t spell out the word. The word for the number is usually spelled out.  But showing the number allows the littlest ones to associate the number of ducks they see with corresponding symbols for that number.  Ms. Fleming also uses the days of the week.  Instead of “Three little ducks went out one day,” Ms. Flemming’s song says, “3 little ducks went out Wednesday.”  If little kids sing this song a few times, they’ll also learn the days of the week.

What fun to celebrate this adorable song with a book that is so jam packed with artistic and educational pleasures.

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Denise Fleming’s illustration book trailer:

 

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Related Posts

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FIVE LITTLE DUCKS: A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK (AND A USEFUL TUNE)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/five-little-ducks-a-singable-picture-book-and-a-useful-tune/

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

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