Duck and Goose have been friends for a while now. As a matter of fact, they are the best of friends. They bonded over a ball that they thought was and egg, while they were both taking care of it. Now, in Duck, Duck, Goose, another Duck named Thistle comes along, and Duck is totally taken with him. He thinks, as is claimed by his new friend, that Thistle is the coolest, fun, fastest, strongest, and smartest Duck there is. Until he sees that there is more to being cool, fast, strong, and smart than simply winning contests. When Goose gets his feelings hurt by being left out and ignored, Duck goes to find him. Together they come up with a plan that will prove that Thistle is also the sleepiest duck there is.
When they trick her into a going to sleep and napping contest, they plan on staying awake. When she falls asleep, Duck and Goose go off to have fun together. They have decided that playing is much more fun than competing with each other. They like their games, and they like being friends with each other. Their loyalty to each other and their friendship wins out in the end, and Thistle, who thought so highly of herself, ends up missing out while they play together and she sleeps away the day.
This is another of the wonderful children’s books written and illustrated by Tad Hills that will draw the reader in with not only a wonderful and enchanting story line, but with the colorful, whimsical, toy like pictures. It was written with ages four to eight in mind, but it will be one of those books that may become a family favorite. Sharing this story of friendship winning and being loyal to your true friends will open ways to talk about feelings, being left out, and treating others the way you want to be treated. It offers many lessons along with an enjoyable story line. Whether it’s bedtime, nap time, story time, or anytime, this is one that you will enjoy sharing with your children over and over again.