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Little Ducks Go
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by Emily Arnold McCully
Emily Arnold McCully, Illustrator

Reinforced | 24 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 14.95
ISBN: 9780823429417 | 01-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Nonfiction, Easy Readers
Recommendations: A, C, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
K: RF. 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RL. 1-10
1: RF. 1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RL. 1-9
2: RL. 1-7

About the Book
A walk in town turns into a harrowing adventure for six little ducklings when they are swept up in a gush of water and washed down an open drain.

"Quack," says their Mother, to reassure her babies that they will be okay. The little ducks go and go, sailing through the sewer pipes as Mother chases them from drain to drain. She tries to keep the ducklings calm as they race through town, and eventually her soothing quacks attract the attention of a kindhearted man. The little ducks are saved!

Using a combination of full-page spreads and vignette-style drawings, McCully's adorable watercolors enhance a simple, repetitive text—perfect for beginning readers.


“Little ducks do indeed go: not only where their mother leads them but also where they shouldn't . . . ideal text for early readers.”"—School Library Journal

“It all ends with a very clever rescue scene and a nice lesson in generosity and cooperation to boot.”"—Booklist

About the Series

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers.—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!


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Readers' Guide
LITTLE DUCKS GO: An I Like to Read® Book, Level C
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.