Splish, Splash, Ducky!

Written by Lucy Cousins

For ages 0 to 5

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This book is best for:
  • action verbs
  • copying sounds
  • rhyme
  • speech sound - /k/ word final position


Ducky Duckling loves rainy weather. When it rains, he likes to play outside, where he hops with frogs, wriggles with worms, and hugs some bugs. But when the rain stops, Ducky feels sad. Can his dad cheer him up and show him how to have fun in sunny weather too?

Splish, Splash, Ducky uses bright and bold illustrations to show little readers the joys of rainy days. The bouncy rhyming text makes this book super fun to read aloud. This engaging story with it’s short and simple sentences makes this an ideal choice for young children who find it difficult to sit still during story time. There are lots of opportunities to join in with the story - children especially love copying the animal sounds (e.g. "quack quack quack", "squeak squeak") and onomatopoeia (e.g. drip, splash, splish) on every page. Another way children could join in with the story is to copy Ducky Ducklings actions - they can hop like frogs, wriggle like worms, swim like fish and more!

For further speech and language targets in ‘Splish, Splash, Ducky!’, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Action Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • animals - ducks, pond animals
  • family - father & child
  • places - pond
  • rhyme
  • weather - rain

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /k/ - ducky, duckling, quacking, duck, quack, like, shake, squeak, look, back
  • negatives (no more)
  • subjective pronouns (I, we)
  • action verbs (e.g. hop, squirm, hug, play, swim, shake, hide)
  • labelling (different animals)
  • figurative language: onomatopoeia (quack, drip, squeak, splish, splash)
Print Awareness:
  • typesetting changes (size, font)
  • weather
  • problem
  • plans
  • feelings
  • direct character speech
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • copying sounds
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by Walker Books Ltd in 2018 (ISBN: 9781406376791)

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