The Duckling Gets a Cookie (Pigeon)by Mo Willems (Website, Twitter)
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 1, 2012
Genres: Children, Picture Book
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He has whined, wheedled, fibbed: he wanted to drive the bus, he demanded a puppy, he pleaded for a hot dog party. But now along comes Duckling, with her impeccable manners. She asks for a cookie and what does she get? A cookie, of course! The Pigeon is outraged! How could this have happened? Well, because she asked. Nicely.
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With my son’s first Scholastic book order of his kindergarten career, one of the books that he just absolutely had to get was The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems. We’d read this one before at Barnes and Noble, so we knew that the story was great. Now that my son has a copy of his own, we’ve enjoyed reading this together quite a bit.
A cute little duckling asks politely for a cookie with nuts, and so he gets it. Along comes the slightly sarcastic pigeon, who can’t believe that the duckling got a cookie just by asking for it. And so the pigeon goes on mini-tirade about how he always asks for things but never gets anything. In the end, everyone gets a cookie, but due to the kindness of the duckling.
The Duckling Gets a Cookie is a great book for beginning readers, full of clean and crisp illustrations. The picture book teaches the valuable lessons of asking for things politely and not expecting to get everything that you want, along with sharing. This is a perfect book for ages 2 through kindergarten. My 5 year old son has a ball reading this with me, and we’re definitely checking out the other Pigeon books in the series.