Friday, March 12, 2010

friday favorite: 10 little rubber ducks

earlier this week i drove past the nc museum of art (which is located in raleigh, right over near the fairgrounds and the flea market!) it has been closed for quite a few months while they completed a massive expansion project. so today i looked up their website to see what day the grand opening will be (april 24th), and much to my surprise, listed under the upcoming exhibitions, is this: "Fins and Feathers: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art"!! oh my goodness, i am oh so very excited! you know how much i love, love, love the work of eric carle (remember our amazing trip up to meet him?) and now i will get to see even more of his work up close and in person.

so in honor of this fun news, today i chose:
10 Little Rubber Ducks by eric carle. this is one of his newest books, published in 2005, and is based on the true story of a shipment of rubber bathtub toys that fell overboard from a container ship, and ended up in many areas of the globe - how cute is that?! it teaches numbers one to ten, and offers a very simple first view of biology and geography. plus the illustrations are wonderful. malcolm loves for me to read him this book. he especially likes the sneaky, squeaky surprise at the very end! he says "duck, duck!", and points to it on my bookshelf. of course the very hungry caterpillar is my favorite eric carle story, but this one comes in a very close second!

the inside front cover features a clipping of the original news story :)

this is my autographed copy! mr. carle even added that little blue eye on duck number seven! danny bought this copy for me in 2005, right after i had moved to nc. i remember we were pretty broke then, and i felt bad that we were spending money on a book, when we should have been putting it towards other more important things. but i am glad that we bought it. it lifted my spirits for sure back then, and it still does when i read it to malcolm now. thank you husbandito!

(i found this image on google)

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