Raffi. Five Little Ducks. Illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
Did you or your child have a favorite bath time toy? Today is a day given in celebration to that iconic bath toy, the rubber duck. Happy National Rubber Ducky Day! This is the day in 1970 that Ernie’s friend, Rubber Duckie made its debut on Sesame Street. Don’t know, if it is video of Rubber Duckie’s debut, but here is a cute video of Ernie singing the Rubber Duckie song. My girls and I loved to sing this song. The song along with thoughts of that little yellow duckie made our day sunnier.
I am sad that don’t have a book about rubber duckies to share with you on this January day. I do however, have a book about ducks in song format.
Five Little Ducks, a Raffi Songs to Read book, is one of my favorites. It is an incredible experience to sing this book with young children. They sing it with much gusto and enthusiasm and movement. Can you make the Mama duck’s bill open and close with your hands while you sing “quack, quack, quack, quack”? A preschooler can! Where do those five little ducks go when they don’t come home to their Mama? Ask preschoolers this question. I am not certain you can prepare yourself adequately for their answers. Poor Mama Duck! Do you think she was worried? Yes, preschoolers think she was worried and if they don’t know the end of the story, they are worried as well. Spoiler Alert! Sad mother duck calls one more time and all five little ducks come back this time. Whew! A happy ending! Pick up a copy of this book and read it and sing it to a young child you know. If you aren’t sure of your own singing skills, you can always read along as Raffi and his audience sing this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN2N89KkA7I.
Here is an illustrator that followed his passions. He was born in the Philippines in 1932. He was supposed to be a lawyer. He studied law and practices for a brief time before deciding to some to the United States to study graphic arts and advertising. He worked in advertising for a time before becoming a cartoonist for The Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker¹.
He was a private person and I cannot find much information on this illustrator. Here is what he had to say about his work¹.
Each project teaches me something new and makes me a better artist. Each book brings me closer to children,” he said. “I have found from making appearances at schools that when kids draw for themselves, most of them like to make funny pictures. So I show them how to draw an alligator. It’s a simple drawing and the teachers tell me that after my visit, Aruego alligators show up all over the school.