FIX-IT DUCK
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Fix-It Duck (Board book)
Written and illustrated by Jez Alborough

Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
ISBN-13: 978-1933605302
$7.99
Ages: 1-8

Fix-It Duck is no ordinary duck. He means well, but whenever he is near—LOOK OUT! Bad luck seems to follow this duck. When a drop of water falls into Duck’s tea—that’s bad luck. When Sheep’s window won’t close—that’s bad luck. Sheep’s jeep’s flat tire is bad luck, too. But, when Sheep’s house rolls into the pond, that’s the toughest luck of all.

Fix-It Duck doesn’t seem to mind, though. He’s oblivious of the havoc he leaves in his wake. He’s a jolly guy and only wants to be of help to his pals. But a friend like Fix-It Duck can be a little hard on a friendship. Sheep, Goat, and Frog sit on the shore of the pond looking devastated as Fix-It Duck, with hammer in one hand and tool kit in the other, plunges into the water to fix Sheep’s upended, soggy mobile home, which is mobile no more! Thanks to Fix-It Duck!

With a simple drip of water in a teacup, a lot of duck bad luck, some funny rhyme and a brilliant palette, Jez Alborough created a very funny book. And though I love Fix-It Duck, if I ever see him heading to my house, I am going to pull my blinds and lock my door tight. Sorry Fix-It Duck! I’m calling Handy Andy, my favorite fixer-upper.

Look for a complete review of this book at Smartwriters

FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group

“This book is about a duck that is a fix-it duck,” said Pritka.

“Fix-It Duck tries to fix everything,” said Jane.

“You mean . . . Duck thinks he can fix things,” said Timmy.

“But everything goes wrong,” continues Jane shaking her head.

“He is not so smart,” said Johnny.

“Duck’s home is like a normal home. What he does is like a normal person,” said Timmy.

“But, when Fix-It Duck tries to fix stuff,” said Jewel. “He makes it worse.”

“Yeah,” said Callie, “When he went to Sheep’s house, Sheep said that her window was stuck.”

“So,” Duck said, “This is a job for Fix-It Duck,” said Mikaela giggling.

Melia giggled, too. “Duck hammered it. He nailed it and glued it,” she said, “But he broke it!” She giggled again.

“He’s bad luck,” said Nina. “Fix-It Duck can’t really fix anything. If he tries to fix it, he always makes a mistake.”

“So, Nina what you’re trying to say is he can’t fix anything at all,” said Timmy, “He just breaks it.

“Yeah, he’s a terrible fixer,” Nina said. Then she added, “He’s as bad as my aunt fixing things.”

“Fix-It Duck planned something and something else happened,” said Pritka. “I read a book that said, ‘Prepare for the good and expect the worst.’ This saying really applies to this book.”

Sarit shook her head. “Duck kept getting into more and more trouble,” she said.

“He was such a goofball,” said Jewel with a laugh.

“But, this story is very entertaining because it shows you how one wrong thing can lead to another,” said Sarit.

“This book would make anyone laugh,” said Pritka.

“Oh, this book was funny, all right!’ said Jake. But, instead of fixing, Fix-It Duck broke. He was NON-Fix-It Duck!”


TEACHER TALK

DUCK-A-DOODLE-DOO:
Language Arts/Science

Ducks say, “QUACK!” A cow says, “Moo!”
To play this game, here’s what you do.

1.  With your class, make a list of farm animals. Write the animal names on one side of a large
     piece of chart paper.
2.  Write the sounds that the animals make next to it.
3.  Transfer each animal name and each animal sound onto tag board or heavy paper.
4.  Pass out an animal name or animal sound to each child.
5.  Have children stand in a circle—facing outward—backs to the center.
6.  Decide upon a starting point and have children take turns saying their animal name or
     animal sound. The child with the matching card answers.
7.  Ex. First Child        Responding Child
             Quack                    Duck
             Moo                       Cow 
             Sheep                    Baa
8.  If the answers are correct, both children turn to face the inner circle.
9.  To increase the difficulty of this game, set it up the same way, but in order to turn to the
      inner circle each child must be able to spell his partner’s word.
10. Ex. Ex. First Child        Responding Child
             Quack.                     q-u-a-c-k.
             Moo                         m-o-o
             Sheep                      s-h-e-e-p


DUCK, DUCK, FIX-IT DUCK: Language Arts/Physical Education

1.  Play Duck, Duck, Fix-It Duck.
2.  Children sit in a circle. One child is chosen as the tapper.
3.  The tapper walks around the outer circle gently tapping each child on his shoulder while  
     saying, “duck, duck, duck . . .
4.  When the tapper says “Fix-It Duck,” he also calls out a letter of the alphabet.
5.  The child who was tapped must call out a word beginning with the stimulus letter before he
     can run after the tapper.
6.  The child who reaches the vacated space first sits down and the standing child continues     
     the game in the same way.
7.  (The game is best played outdoors on a grassy area.)


FIX-IT DUCK: Truth Be Told: Language Arts

1.  Help children to make up a set of true or false statements about Fix-It Duck. Write
     statements on large chart paper.
2.  Type statements into computer. Print.
3.  Cut out statements and glue onto 2” x 4” construction paper cards. (or 3” x 5” index cards)
4.  Ex.:
     Fix-It Duck had a leak in his roof?    False
     Fix-It Duck needed to borrow a hammer. False
     Sheep had a shed?  False
     Sheep’s house unhooked from Duck’s truck.   True
     Rain dripped in Fix-It Duck’s tea.   True


SUGGESTED WEBSITES:
(Although I examined these websites and found them to be very helpful, please use them at your own discretion.)

All About Ducks for Kids
KIDS’ FARM
Ducks at Enchanted Learning


SUGGESTED BOOKS:

Duck in the Truck written and illustrated by Jez Alborough
Make Way for Ducklings written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey
Duck at the Door written and illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
Duck, Duck, Goose written and illustrated by Tad Hills
Duck for President written by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
In the Rain with Baby Duck written by Amy Hest, illustrated by Jill Barton
Duck on a Bike written and illustrated by David Shannon
Lettuce Leaf Birthday Letter written by Linda Taylor, illustrated by Julie Durrell

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