Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

“This one.”

“THIS one.”


We recently explored the pumpkin patch and if B had her way, we’d have 17 pumpkins on the front porch. We brought home one perfect pumpkin and she painted it. Ain’t it a beaut? 😉briaspumpkinWe’ve also been reading books that fit the season, like Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum (Happy early birthday, Mom!) and a favorite since last year at this time, Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin.duckandgoosepumpkinWhen sweet, silly Duck & Goose see their friend, Thistle, lugging his own beautiful pumpkin, they realize they need one, too. They search and search– looking in all sorts of places for their perfect pumpkin.

“Is our pumpkin in the log, Goose?”


“Is our pumpkin in the leaf pile, Duck?”


Around they go, looking everywhere except the one place that they’re sure to find a good pumpkin. Eventually, they find it– thanks to their friend Thistle.

Last year, 1.5 YO B picked up on the repetition of this book and it was so much fun to read the book with her, and she still loves the call and response aspect of this book.

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin
Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade Books

Dancing Feet!

Okay, I’m going to start this post with a few lines from the book Dancing Feet!

“Tippity! Tippity!
Little black feet!
Who is dancing
that tippity beat?

Ladybugs are dancing
on tippity feet.
Tippity! Tippity!
Happy feet!”

  1. Do you want to snap your fingers to the beat?
  2. Do you suddenly want to “tippity” on your own feet, or start moving to the beat in any way?

We do. We can’t help ourselves. This book has movement.

This rhyming, jiving text makes for a fun story time. You get to use silly descriptions of dancing like stompity (of course, a happy elephant), creepity (a beautiful caterpillar), and clickity (a lizard). You can almost hear the animals dancing to the beat while you read this book. At the end, children show they can dance like the animals (and if your little one is old enough, they can, too).

I’d be willing to bet that you’re already familiar with the awesome work done by illustrator Marc Brown. The happy, colorful collage artwork in this book complements the text perfectly.

Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown have another board book together called Farmyard Beat.


Dancing Feet!
Lindsey Craig/Illus. Marc Brown
Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s Books