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Monday, 22 January 2018

Review: Peep and Ducky Rainy Day

A fantastic board book for toddlers in a convenient, easy-to- hold size for little hands, Peep and Ducky Rainy Day focuses on the relationship between two friends, and emphasizes the importance of compromise within play, sharing and expressing feelings. 

Rhyming verse, repetition, assonance and alliteration, are used to introduce these concepts to early learners.

It’s a rainy day. Two chairs and a blanket create a tent. Peep and Ducky crawl in. They pretend it is night. So a pillow fight sounds good. Down it all comes!

Inside is boring. Puddles and a full wading pool call to them. Wet weather clothing and boots are donned and out they go. They think up games, but deciding who the captain of the boat is, becomes a subject for debate.

Can the two friends find a meeting place somewhere in the middle?

Imagination and creative thinking is focused on throughout the book. Encouraging outdoor play and the joy it brings regardless of the weather, is also addressed.

Learning to share roles in play, as well as sharing toys, and thoughts and feelings are the ideas explored here.

This book can be a starting point for discussion about what it means to share all of the above, and how, and why they are important during play and within friendships.
Bold colours and strong black outlines make the illustrations stand out on the page. The expressions on the characters’ faces accent the feelings they are acting out. Repetition is used to emphasise meaning and insistence.

David Martin and David Walker have combined their skills to create a clever and useful book for toddlers/early learners up to three years old.

Title: Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Author: David Martin
Illustrator: David Walker
Publisher: Walker Books, $ 9.99
Publication Date: 1 February 2018
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780763695231
For ages: 2 +
Type: Board Book


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