One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. "I bet I could ride a bike," he thought. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. "Hello, Cow!" said Duck. "Moo," said Cow. But what she thought was, "A duck on a bike? That's the silliest thing I've ever seen!" And so Duck rides past sheep, horse, and all the other barnyard animals. Suddenly, a group of kids ride by on their bikes and run into the farmhouse, leaving the bikes outside. Now ALL the animals can ride bikes, just like Duck! In this funny book that's perfect for reading aloud, Shannon applies his wonderful offbeat humor to the story of a duck who decides to try riding a bike and loves it! Soon all the animals on the farm are riding bikes, too. "The double-page spread of the cow, pig, horse, et. al. pedaling away (some looking particularly fetching in helmets) is worth the price of the book. In fact, this whole bright book is tons of fun. The oversize format nicely accommodates Shannon's sly art, which fills up the pages. Each animal has a distinctive expression that can be easily seen by kids in the back row at story hour--the perfect place to share this exuberant piece." — Booklist, starred review **
David Shannon’s Duck on a Bike provides an opportunity to teach students repetitive story structure and the difference between fiction and nonfiction. Activities engage students in writing a make-believe animal story, learning an animal sounds song, and sorting animals into categories.