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Duck on a Bike

Preschoolers will have a great time reading along with this silly story!
 

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Duck on a Bike
by David Shannon Illustrated by David Shannon
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What you need:

  • Duck on a Bike, by David Shannon 
  • Crayons and/or markers (optional) 
  • Paper (optional) 

Reading tips:

  1. Encourage your child to "read" Duck's lines with you. ("Hello, dog." "Hello, cat.") The predictable, repetitive nature of the text in this book makes it ideal for pre-readers.
  2. Use different voices for the different animals as you read.
  3. When the children leave their bikes by the house, ask your child to predict what happens next.
  4. After you finish reading, talk about what is real in the story (animals that live on a farm, the sounds they make) and what is pretend (riding bikes, talking).

To extend the reading:

  1. A duck riding a bike is silly. Can your child think of other silly things an animal might do? A cow driving a car? A sheep building a sand castle? This is also another chance to emphasize the difference between real and pretend. 
  2. Encourage your child to draw a picture of the silly things he or she has thought of. 
  3. Act out the book as a play. Friends and family can play the parts of different animals. You might even want to create costumes, sets, and programs! 

 

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