Mail Duck: A Book of Shapes and Surprises
Mail Duck: A Book of Shapes and Surprises
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Mail Duck: A Book of Shapes and Surprises

Written and illustrated by Erica Sirotich
Published by Abrams Appleseed
Prices as of Aug 13

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A surprisingly substantive board book with a fun story and creative flaps to lift.

Mail Duck begins his mail route with numerous packages to deliver to his friends, and to the delight of young readers, each package (and flap to lift) is the recipient’s favorite shape: Trudy the Mouse loves triangles and receives a triangular package, while Cecil the Snail loves circles and receives a circular package. Each page also depicts the friends’ homes in the shape of, and filled with, their favorite shapes. Scout the Beaver, who loves squares, has a square home with square windows, square cupboards, and a square fireplace; while Omar the Owl, who loves ovals, has an oval-shaped home in a tree stocked with a watermelon and olives. Upon lifting the flap, readers will discover that each package contains something for a party, and when Duck thinks his work is done and his truck is empty, readers will be surprised to find all the friends are hiding inside, ready to throw a party for Duck when two full-page flaps are opened. Sirotich’s illustrations are full of fun details to observe in each friend’s home—in a particularly notable moment, a baby owl is seen cracking from an egg in the reflection of a mirror. Even the landscapes of each home match the favored shape—rectangular fences, oval leaves, and circular fruit trees.

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Mail Duck is friendly and kind as he delivers the mail. When he's done, he gets a surprise from his friends. When has something good happened to you because you were kind?
  • The packages Duck delivers are many different shapes and sizes. What do you think is behind each flap? When you lifted the flap, were you right? If not, how is what is behind the flap different from what you guessed?


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Book Details

Publication Date
April 21, 2020
Page Count
Reading Age
1 - 3 years

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Core Score - 48%

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Depth Score - 28%

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