Of all the childhood toys that create the biggest sense of nostalgia, it has to be the rubber duck. From the popular children’s television show, “Sesame Street” to the vast production of the aquatic, plastic birds that make their way into bathtubs everywhere, rubber ducks are a huge part of our culture.
Eric Carle, a renowned children’s literature author, known for works such as “The Very Busy Spider” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” also wrote today’s featured book, “10 Little Rubber Ducks.”
Carle’s books have always been iconic when it comes to children's literature. Since being published with "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" in 1967, his books have filled the shelves of young readers the world over. The bright, collage-like illustrations on the covers and the imaginative story lines have made his books one of HarperCollins’ most popular pieces of children’s literature so far.
His book “10 Little Rubber Ducks” (2005) was inspired by an actual news story about a box of rubber ducks that were lost at sea. The vast possibilities of where those ducks could end up sparked Carle’s imagination and out sprang this book.
These ducks have ventured to the vast corners of the earth. From polar bears in the northern seas to flamingos in the south, each duck had its own adventure specific to the region the endless waves and currents took them. The last duck found its way to a family of real ducks and made its home with them. And so, they all lived happily ever after.
At least, until the mother duck discovers one of her children is made of plastic.
As always, this Eric Carle book is a fantastic read for small children. He utilized a unique happening and from it, created an exciting adventure for children to follow along and enjoy.
For more information on this book, check out this website.