Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book one hundred and ninety-three

Learning how to get along with others is one of those big lessons that we have to learn as we grow up, and it is complicated. There are confusing dynamics when there are three people in a friendship rather than two. If one person is more pushy, then everyone else gets steamrollered into doing things they don't want to.

In today's book Tad Hills uses his Duck and Goose characters to explore what a good friendship should be.

Duck, Duck, Goose
Tad Hills
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Random House, 2007, 978-0-375-84068-5
   Goose is excited because he has a butterfly sitting on his head. He cannot wait for Duck to see him. When Duck arrives on the scene, he is not alone; he has another duck called Thistle with him and Thistle is, well…to be blunt, Thistle is a showoff. She appears to be good at everything that she does, and she turns everything she does into a contest or a challenge.
   It isn’t long before Goose has had enough. He does not want to race up a hill or stand on his head or walk across a log. He does not want to compete with Thistle all the time. In fact, sometimes he just wants to look for butterflies or listen to the river. Eventually, Goose goes off by himself because Duck and Thistle have no interest in doing any of the things that he likes to do. In short, three’s a crowd and Goose is the odd one out.
   Most of the time it is wonderful to make new friends. A new friend can introduce you to new activities, ideas, and perspectives. Bringing a new friend into the mix can also cause problems. In this book, Tad Hills takes a look at these problems and present them in a way that children will understand and appreciate.

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