Reviewed by Me for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com
My kids and I giggled our way through DUCK & GOOSE, Tad Hills' first book starring these two lovable characters. With DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE, our favorite quacker and honker are back -- but this time there's another character thrown into the mix, and three is most definitely a crowd.
Duck is very excited to introduce Thistle, the new duck who just moved into the area, to his best friend Goose. And, at first, Goose is just as happy to meet this new duck.
That is, until Goose soon learns that Thistle is the best at everything, and I mean everything! She's the fastest, she's the best at math, she's had three butterflies land on her bill at the same time (compared to Goose's one), she can hold her breath the longest, run up the hill the fastest, and...well, the list goes on and on.
Goose learns very quickly that Thistle is the best, and that no one else can ever hope to measure up. And yet he's tired of everything always being turned into a contest. So he has no choice but to leave Duck and Thistle to their own devices and rest, by himself, behind his and Duck's favorite bush.
DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE is a wonderful book, about meeting new people, the spirit of competition, and the true meaning of friendship. Both toddlers and older readers will be enchanted, once again, by Tad Hills' brilliant illustrations, and the story will have them alternately laughing-out-loud and commiserating with how left out and lonely Goose feels.
This one is another winner, and definitely deserves a place on your keeper shelf!
Goose is waiting patiently for Duck to arrive to see the butterfly that has landed on his head. Duck arrives with a new duck named Thistle. Thistle is good at everything and turns their games into contests. Goose finally has enough and wanders off. Duck follows him and they come to an agreement that maybe they like to do things their way better. Thistle finds them and initiates a contest of who can fall asleep faster. After Thistle is asleep, Goose and Duck go off to play.
Why I recommend it: There's always a new friend that some of the other current friends may not like. While it's good to have friends, this book can explain why no one has to get along with everyone.