Great Books

with Dachelle McVey

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“When you read a book, you are in a mind-to-mind encounter with its author, whether he lived 1000 years ago or lives today. This is the wonder of real books—all kinds of books, not only the serious and factual. Your mind grows through these encounters.”
—Dr. Ruth Beechick
We’re excited to introduce you to our new Great Books columnist, Dachelle McVey. Dachelle is a working, homeschooling mom of three.

She is also the author of dozens of online book clubs for kids from preschool to high school at her site:

Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Laughing at the Farm
Based on Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
Book Description:
Giggle, Giggle Quack is a laugh-out-loud book that will be a hit at your next read-aloud or nature book club! The book is a sequel to the Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type book by Doreen Cronin and continues the adventures of Duck and his barnyard friends.

When Farmer Brown goes on vacation, he leaves the farm in the hands of his brother, Bob. Bob is unaware of the exceptional abilities of Farmer Brown’s barnyard friends and soon falls for the antics of Duck. Duck is the appointed note forger and does a fabulous job of tricking Bob into aiding the animals in getting their hearts’ desires.

Why You Will Want To Read This Book:
You will want to read this book for the laughs alone. Your preschool and early elementary students will enjoy the hilarious illustrations and fantastical story. The author and illustrator keep the book interesting and leave hidden clues to the story in the images on each page. Spend some time really looking at the pictures or read it a second time and see what you discover.

The book is short enough to hold the attention span of even the youngest of your students, while also being interesting enough to engage your elementary students. Picture books have the ability to appeal to all age groups because their meanings can be taken superficially, but often have a deeper meaning. Is Duck being mischievous or is he working for better living conditions for his barnyard neighbors?

Plus, this story is a great way to introduce additional engaging learning activities about farms and animals. Take the book outside and start learning about the world around you. *Bonus points if you read it on a farm!

Discussion Questions:
Take this story further and turn it into a nature adventure. Spend time researching ducks. How many types of ducks are there? Which ones are in your area? Do ducks migrate to your home or from your home?

What type of feathers do ducks have? Why do they not sink in the water? Can a duck drown? How do they keep from freezing in cold water? And can they really hold a pencil with their webbed feet?

Or perhaps you might want to stroll down a rabbit trail about the other barnyard animals. Do pigs really take baths? Why do we think pigs are dirty animals?

Do chickens prefer anchovies on their pizza? What do chickens even eat and how do they eat?

And are musicals a cow’s favorite? How good is a cow’s hearing anyway?

Have fun by mixing the silly with the factual and learn while having fun!
More Books Like This:
If you like this book, check out the other hilarious books by Doreen Cronin like Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Duck for President, Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure or Diary of a Worm.
For more fun with our literary adventure, check out the Giggle, Giggle, Quack Online Book Club from Literary Adventures for Kids.
Dachelle McVey

achelle McVey is a working homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. She is the owner of, a blog about her adventures in homeschooling and parenting. She is also the author of dozens of online book clubs for kids from preschool to high school at her site Literary Adventures for Kids. You can often find her reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. ;)

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