Duck and Goose

Tips for "Duck and Goose"

  • Before Reading: This book is a first in a series of adventures with Duck and Goose. The book is the longest and most detailed of the future books, so it really sets the stage for Duck and Goose's friendship. The book gives a wonderful opportunity to talk about friendship with your child. Start by asking about your child's friends. Who are they? Why does s/he like _____? What things are the same with your child and his/her friend? What things are different?
  • Extend the Story: If you enjoy this book and want to hook your child (and yourself!) on the other books in this series, consider making simple puppets to go along with the story. Grab a popsicle stick or old pencil, some tape, and crayons. If you have feathers, get them out too! Then, create your own. Next time you read the story, have your puppets "say" the lines, too. Or simply re-enact some Duck and Goose adventures with your puppets. Don't have time for these puppets? You can always print out this free version:

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...